A 100-year-old message in a bottle is no longer traveling the seas and it has finally arrived at its unintended destination on Monday, more than a century after it was launched into the Baltic Sea. As reported by Yahoo! News on April 9, the author of the 100-year-old message was identified as a man named Richard Platz, who was 20 at the time.
Researchers have determined that Platz tossed the bottle containing the message into the sea while he was on a nature appreciation hike along Germany's Baltic Coast in 1913. Although the majority of the 100-year-old message has not been decoded as of yet, the name and address of the sender, along with a small piece of its request, was deciphered .
The International Maritime Museum in Hamburg has confirmed that the bottle found in March by a fisherman is authentic and that an investigation has been able to locate the granddaughter of Richard Platz.
Angela Erdmann, 62, had no idea that she might have something to do with the incredible find. In early March, Konrad Fischer, a fisherman, discovered the beer bottle that her grandfather lobbed into the sea in 1913 - which is said to be the oldest message ever found in a bottle. The previous oldest message in a bottle had been at sea for 98 years, Guinness World Records confirms.
"It was very surprising," Erdmann happily expressed to The Guardian. "A man stood in front of my door and told me he had post from my grandfather. He then told me that a message in a bottle was found and that the name that was on the card was that of my grandfather."
The contents of the 100-year-old message in a bottle were the following: a postcard dated May 17th, 1913 with the written request that the note be sent by the finder to Platz's home address. Upon receipt of the extraordinary find more than a century later, Erdmann was thrilled. "It was amazing," she said as tears started rolling down her cheeks.
Last year, a 107-year-old message in a bottle was reportedly found by Steve Thurber while he walked along Schooner's Cove beach on Vancouver Island. Thurber told news outlets that he found an envelope inside with the date Sept. 29, 1906 on it. However, the authenticity of his finding was not confirmed. Thurber's story is detailed in the video above this article.