The oldest ever message in a bottle was found off the Scottish coast, near the Shetland Islands by a local fisherman. The bottled message has drifted around for 98 years since it was released by Captain CH Brown of the Glasgow School of Navigation, according to the British media. Amazingly, the same fishing boat found the previous record holding message in a bottle, which was more than five years younger than the latest find.
Andrew Leaper, captain of the fishing boat ‘Copious,’ who found the bottle said, “It was very exciting to find the bottle and I couldn’t wait to open it,” quoted by the BBC. He described the finding of a second message in the bottle by the same boat as like winning the lottery twice. The message offered a six pence reward to the finder.
According to the BBC, the bottle is one of 1,890 bottles designed to sink that were released almost 100 years ago to help map currents in the seas around Scotland. So far, only 315 of them have been found.
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