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Oldest Message in a Bottle Found
Discovery.com ^ | Thu Sep 6, 2012 01:45 PM ET | Analysis by Rossella Lorenzi

Posted on 09/06/2012 1:48:48 PM PDT by Red Badger

A Scottish skipper has found the oldest message ever in a bottle at sea, Guinness World Records said.

According to the record-keeping organization, Andrew Leaper, skipper of the Shetland fishing boat "Copious," made the discovery on April 12 when hauling in his nets in the North Sea off the coast of Shetland.

He later learned that the message in bottle had been adrift for 97 years and 309 days. This surpasses the previous record by more than five years.

Amazingly, it was Leaper's friend Mark Anderson who set the previous record in 2006 by retrieving another Scottish bottle as he was skippering the same boat.

"I spotted the bottle neck sticking out and I quickly grabbed it before it fell back into the sea," Leaper said.

"It was an amazing coincidence that the same Shetland fishing boat that found the previous record-breaking bottle six years ago also found this one. It's like winning the lottery twice," Leaper said.

Labeled as drift bottle 646B, the record-breaking bottle contained a postcard asking the finder to write down the date and location of the discovery and return it to the "Director of the Fishery Board for Scotland." The postcard promised a reward of six pence.

The water-tight glass bottle was released on June 10, 1914 by Captain C H Brown of the Glasgow School of Navigation.

It was one of 1,890 scientific research bottles specially designed to sink downwards and float close to the seabed.

Each contained the same postcard asking the finder to record the date and location and return it for the six pence reward.

"Drift bottles gave oceanographers at the start of the last century important information that allowed them to create pictures of the patterns of water circulation in the seas around Scotland," Bill Turrell, head of Marine Ecosystems with Marine Scotland Science, said.

He added that the conclusions of those pioneering oceanographers were right in many respects.

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"For example, they correctly deduced the clockwise flow of water around our coasts. However, it took the development of electronic instruments in the 1960s before the true patterns of current flows, and more importantly what causes them, were unlocked," Turrell said.

Of the batch released in 1914, 315 bottles have been found so far. Captain Brown's original log, now held by Marine Scotland Science in Aberdeen, is still updated each time a bottle is tracked down.

"It's amazing that nearly 98 years of bottles are still being returned to the Marine Laboratory -- and in such fantastic condition," Scottish environment secretary Richard Lochhead said.

"With many bottles still unreturned there is always the chance in the coming years that a Scottish drift bottle will once again break the record," Lochhead said. Photos: Sending out a message in a bottle. The record-breaking bottle was one of 1,890 scientific research bottles specially designed to sink downwards and float close to the seabed. It was released on June 10, 1914. Credit: Kohn33/Wikimedia Commons; -- The oldest message ever in a bottle at sea - adrift for 97 years and 309 days. Credit: Scottish Government.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bottle; epigraphyandlanguage; fishing; godsgravesglyphs; messageinabottle; ocean; scotland; scotlandyet

1 posted on 09/06/2012 1:48:53 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger
Captain Brown's original log, now held by Marine Scotland Science in Aberdeen, is still updated each time a bottle is tracked down.

Well, of course, what else could they do?

/johnny

2 posted on 09/06/2012 1:53:36 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Red Badger

Sadly, anyone sending out a message in a bottle nowadays would probably be fined and imprisoned for 30 days.


3 posted on 09/06/2012 1:54:07 PM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: Red Badger

98 bottles of beer on the wall..


4 posted on 09/06/2012 1:55:08 PM PDT by brivette
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To: Red Badger

1890 drift bottles on the seabed
1890 on the seabed
If one of those bottles should happen to rise
1879 drift bottles on the seabed


5 posted on 09/06/2012 1:55:20 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: Red Badger
He later learned that the message in bottle had been adrift for 97 years and 309 days.

Must have been the one Sting wrote.

6 posted on 09/06/2012 1:56:14 PM PDT by x
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To: Rastus

LOL


7 posted on 09/06/2012 1:57:40 PM PDT by donna (The United States Constitution and the Koran are mutually exclusive.)
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To: x

Must have been an absentee vote from a sailor!


8 posted on 09/06/2012 1:59:15 PM PDT by Jumpmaster (Defund the Left!)
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To: JRandomFreeper; humblegunner
One of these days they're going to pull out a bottle that'll have a short note in it, tagged at the bottom with ...

(excerpt, read more at www.pimpmybloginabottle.com)
9 posted on 09/06/2012 2:11:57 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: Red Badger

A great story, but my favorite message in a bottle story is when Private Thomas Hughes’ letter in a bottle was found a few years ago. He was on his way to fight in France in 1914 and wrote a letter to his wife and daughter and tossed it into the Thames. He was killed in action two days later and his letter wasn’t found until 85 lears later. The amazing part is that Pvt Hughes’ daughter was still alive and the fisherman who found the letter delivered it to her - in New Zealand! http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/346879.stm


10 posted on 09/06/2012 2:17:28 PM PDT by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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To: Red Badger

A great story, but my favorite message in a bottle story is when Private Thomas Hughes’ letter in a bottle was found a few years ago. He was on his way to fight in France in 1914 and wrote a letter to his wife and daughter and tossed it into the Thames. He was killed in action two days later and his letter wasn’t found until 85 lears later. The amazing part is that Pvt Hughes’ daughter was still alive and the fisherman who found the letter delivered it to her - in New Zealand! http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/346879.stm


11 posted on 09/06/2012 2:17:28 PM PDT by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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To: shibumi
LOL!

/johnny

12 posted on 09/06/2012 2:17:34 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Red Badger
Actual Time Capsule Bottle:


13 posted on 09/06/2012 2:19:19 PM PDT by maddog55 (OBAMA: Why stupid people shouldn't vote!)
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To: Red Badger

Interesting story. So, does he get to collect the sixpence?


14 posted on 09/06/2012 2:19:45 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Red Badger
Now I have this stupid song in my head...
15 posted on 09/06/2012 2:22:57 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Beowulf9

Sixpence? What is that adjusted for inflation?...............


16 posted on 09/06/2012 2:23:07 PM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: Red Badger
The water-tight glass bottle was released on June 10, 1914

The Rolling Stones were playing a gig in Scotland that day.

17 posted on 09/06/2012 2:23:21 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (Obama A man without an American mission.)
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To: central_va

Replace it with this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr-LzfEuuac


18 posted on 09/06/2012 2:25:07 PM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: Red Badger

If I had found it I would probably keep it, the heck with 6 pence!


19 posted on 09/06/2012 2:30:40 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: brivette

“Help! I’m a prisoner in a Chinese bakery!”

Oops.....wrong joke.

Uhh....”Help! I’m a prisoner in a Scotch distillery!”


20 posted on 09/06/2012 2:45:21 PM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind. Deus vult!)
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To: central_va

I have a friend who was messing around an old house looking for old stuff found one of those old glass top wire snap on canning jars, he opened it up when he noticed a small scrap of paper in it, when the top came off he said whewwww what a smell pulled the paper out and read,,

I farted in this jug June 3 1864
Signed Johnny Reb


21 posted on 09/06/2012 2:49:56 PM PDT by Lees Swrd ("Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well")
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To: Red Badger

Wonder if Obama stashed his birth certificate in one of these to keep it away from prying eyes until next century.


22 posted on 09/06/2012 2:52:19 PM PDT by JediJones (Grow your own dope...plant a Democrat.)
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To: Rastus
Ya been hittin’ it already, ain't ya?

Check your numbers! LOL!

23 posted on 09/06/2012 2:57:55 PM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
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To: FoxInSocks

“Sadly, anyone sending out a message in a bottle nowadays would probably be fined and imprisoned for 30 days.”

No, if you are a mile or so off shore, it’s perfectly legal to chunk stuff overboard.

I go deep sea fishing about 75 miles offshore 2-3 times a year, and my daughters have always had me throw message in a bottle over — with letter and “forever” stamp lately.

None have come back yet.


24 posted on 09/06/2012 3:02:35 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (I will never vote for Romney. Ever.)
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To: Red Badger
Captain Brown's original log, now held by Marine Scotland Science in Aberdeen, is still updated each time a bottle is tracked down.

And here all this time I've been told it was in the toilet of the Starship Enterprise.

25 posted on 09/06/2012 3:07:27 PM PDT by lwd
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To: Red Badger

My son and I set one adrift off NC in 2003. No reply yet...


26 posted on 09/06/2012 3:23:39 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

What can I say? Does the public school education defense apply?


27 posted on 09/06/2012 3:42:02 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: Red Badger

I’ve been here in Charlotte all week. I brought along a couple of boxes of cheapo brass lamps. The ones that look like Aladin’s lamp. I’ve been dropping them all over the convention. Inside the lamps is a note that reads
“I am the genie of the lamp! Stick the spout of this lamp up your ass, and I will give you three wishes!”
Well, I put superglue on the spout. You ought to see the hospital emergency room.
“Wait! Don’t pull it out yet! I want to sleep with Bill Clinton!”


28 posted on 09/06/2012 3:54:43 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Ditter
If I had found it I would probably keep it, the heck with 6 pence!

Or show it to Rick Harrison on Pawn Stars. I found something!

29 posted on 09/06/2012 3:54:57 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: BerryDingle
Yeah, we watch those guys but he'd have to offer me a pile of money for it.
30 posted on 09/06/2012 4:29:24 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: BerryDingle
Or show it to Rick Harrison on Pawn Stars.

Heck no, he'd have to call in an expert to verify the age of the bottle and then offer you 27 cents for it.

31 posted on 09/06/2012 6:27:55 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: central_va

Are you sending out an SOS?


32 posted on 09/06/2012 9:18:18 PM PDT by MortMan (Laughter is the best medicine, especially when ridiculing your enemies.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Oh ... this should definitely be a glyph.

Ping


33 posted on 09/24/2012 7:06:59 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks DogByte6RER.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


34 posted on 09/24/2012 7:27:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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