World’s oldest message in a bottle found on Australian beach

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This undated photo received courtesy from Kym Illman on March 7, 2018 shows a bottle which contained an almost 132-year-old message, that was found near Wedge Island, some 160 kilometres (99 miles) north of Perth. The world's oldest known message in a bottle has been found half-buried in sand dunes on Australia's west coast by a group of beach walkers. The oblong object was discovered near Wedge Island, some 160 kilometres (99 miles) north of Perth, in January. / AFP PHOTO / KYM ILLMAN / - / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /COURTESY OF KYM ILLMAN " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -/AFP/Getty Images

This is the oldest message in a bottle that has ever been discovered. It was stumbled upon on an Australian beach by a group of walkers who became the first people to read the note inside since June 12, 1886. .

The group, which included the parents of Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo, shook the bottle and a damp, rolled-up parchment that looked like a cigarette fell out.

This undated photo received courtesy from Kym Illman on March 7, 2018 shows a bottle which contained an almost 132-year-old message, that was found near Wedge Island, some 160 kilometres (99 miles) north of Perth. The world’s oldest known message in a bottle has been found half-buried in sand dunes on Australia’s west coast by a group of beach walkers. The oblong object was discovered near Wedge Island, some 160 kilometres (99 miles) north of Perth, in January. / AFP PHOTO / KYM ILLMAN / – / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO /COURTESY OF KYM ILLMAN ” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -/AFP/Getty Images

According to Metro UK, the large rectangular bottle was found half-buried in sand dunes on a beach near Australia’s Wedge Island. And after weeks of research and investigation, it has been confirmed as an authentic find that was thrown from a German ship into the Indian Ocean.

After warming the 132-year-old note in an oven, they established that the message written in German contained instructions asking the finder to send details of where and when it was found.

Mr Illman used Google Translate to decipher the rest of the text. It is believed to have been thrown from the German sailing ship Paula as part of an experiment to research ocean currents and find faster shipping routes, the Western Australian Museum said.

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