108-year-old message-in-a-bottle washes up in Germany

Published on May 5th, 2016 | by Admin


A 108-year-old message in a bottle thrown into the North Sea by George Parker Bidder has turned up on a German beach.

The German woman who found it has been given the reward promised in 1908, by the scientific institution which has inherited the debt of honour: a shilling.

The bottle was among more than 1,000 thrown into the North Sea in batches by George Parker Bidder, as part of his research into the patterns of currents. This one was part of a batch from 30 November 1906, and was found 108 years, four months and 18 days later in 2015 by a retired German postal worker, Marianne Winkler, on holiday on Amrun, one of Germany’s North Frisian islands.

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Story: Maev Kennedy, The Guardian | Photo: Marine Biological Association/PA

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