Is this the oldest message in a bottle?

A COUPLE has been rewarded with an old shilling, after finding what’s believed to be the oldest message in a bottle.

The weathered bottle was found washed up on a beach on the German island of Amrum back in April, and tests have confirmed it was one of 1000 released between 1904 and 1906.

They were dropped into the North Sea by researcher George Parker Bidder from the Marine Biological Association of the UK, as part of a scientific  experiment.


Inside the discovered bottle, the couple found a postcard asking it be sent to the Association, along with information about where and when it was found. In return, they would get a “one shilling reward”.

It’s hoped the special find will be recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest message in a bottle ever found.

The current record-holder took 99 years to be found.