A German museum has traced the author of a 101-year-old message in a bottle, based on the address, as Richard Platz. In 1913, 20-year-old Richard Platz scrawled a note on a postcard, shoved it into a brown beer bottle, corked it and tossed it into the sea.
It is thought to be the oldest message in a bottle.
A fisherman pulled the beer bottle out of the Baltic Sea near Kiel, Germany, last month, according to Holger von Neuhoff of the International Maritime Museum, Agence France-Presse reported.
“Inside the bottle is a postcard dated May 17, 1913, but much of the writing on the postcard is illegible,” von Neuhoff said.
Researchers pinned the identity of the author as Richard Platz, the then 20-year-old son of a baker. Platz died in 1946, but a genealogist was able to locate his 62-year-old granddaughter, Angela Erdmann, in Berlin, according to the report.
“This is certainly the first time such an old message in a bottle was found, particularly with the bottle intact,” he said.
However, von Neuhoff continued by saying that, “much of the ink on the postcard had been rendered illegible with time and dampness.” Unfortunately, we don’t be able to decipher what the message actually was.
Angela Erdmann was given the chance to hold the bottle at the museum last week, where the postcard will be on display. “That was a pretty moving moment,” she tells German news agency DPA. “Tears rolled down my cheeks.”
Previously, the oldest message found in a bottle spent nearly 98 years at sea and was discovered in April 2012, according to Guinness World Records.