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100-year-old message: Bottle found in Baltic Sea holds old message

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A 100-year-old message in a bottle was found in the Baltic Sea by a fisherman. On April 9, NPR reported that the glass bottle was intact as was the message inside the bottle, dropped into the ocean in 1913 by 20-year-old Richard Platz. The note was illegible due to water damage and smeared ink.

"A fisherman pulled the beer bottle with the scribbled message out of the Baltic off the northern city of Kiel last month, said Holger von Neuhoff of the in the northern port city of Hamburg," wrote French news agency (via NPR).

The 100-year-old message in a bottle is the oldest message in a bottle ever found. Previously, a 99-year-old message in a bottle was discovered as documented by Guinness World Records. As far as this particular message goes, Platz's granddaughter (62) was notified of the message but didn't seem to have too much interest -- she said she had never met Platz, who died in 1946.

For now, the postcard and the bottle in was in will be put on display at the International Maritime Museum in Hamburg for the public to see until May 1.

More on the 100-year-old message in a bottle in the video above.

© Effie Orfanides 2014

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