Message in a bottle, Sent Adrift 98 Years Ago


The AP reports that North Sea fisherman, Andrew Leaper, skipper of the Copius, set a world record by finding a bottle with a message in the ocean for almost 98 years.

It was found along Scotland’s northern coast. His friend held the previous record.

It was set adrift in 1914.

Guinness World Records confirmed that it is the oldest message in a bottle ever recovered.

Leaper says his competition, his friend is “very unhappy that I have topped his record.”

“He never stopped talking about it — and now I am the one who is immensely proud to be the finder of the world-record message in a bottle,” Leaper told the BBC.

via USA Today

Inside each bottle, a postcard asks the finder to record details of the discovery and promises a reward of a sixpence, the AP reports. Unfortunately for Leaper, the coin no longer exists.

The bottle was released on June 10, 1914, by Capt. C. H. Brown of the Glasgow School of Navigation, as part of a batch of 1,890 scientific research bottles specially designed to sink downward and float close to the seabed.

“By tracking the location of returned bottles, it was possible for the undercurrents of the seas around Scotland to be mapped out for the first time,” the Scottish government said in a statement.

It says the water-tight glass bottles contained a postcard asking the finder to record the date and location of the discovery and return it to the “Director of the Fishery Board for Scotland” – with a reward of sixpence available. It says Brown’s original log is now held by Marine Scotland Science in Aberdeen and is updated each time a discovery is made.