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

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

100-year-old message in a bottle found in Scotland

A Scottish fisherman caught a 100-year-old message in a bottle in his nets. 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

Coded Civil War message deciphered 147 years later

A message in a bottle delivered to a Confederate general during the American Civil War has been decoded. In the encrypted message, a commander tells Gen John Pemberton that no reinforcements are available to help him defend Vicksburg, Mississippi. "You can expect no help from this side of the river," says the

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