A Perth family has found the world's oldest known message in a bottle, almost 132 years after it was thrown into the sea, Australian experts say. Tonya Illman picked up the bottle while going for a walk around sand dunes on a remote beach in West Australia. ... The note in the bottle, which was dated June 12, 1886, was jettisoned from the German ship Paula, as part of an experiment into ocean and shipping routes by the German Naval Observatory. ... Thousands of bottles were thrown overboard during the 69-year German experiment but to date only 662 messages -- and no bottles -- had been returned. The last bottle with a note to be found was in Denmark in 1934.
The glass appears to be in excellent condition and looks like an old jager bottle. I would also have picked it out for a shelf.
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