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World’s oldest message in a bottle found (2018)

World's oldest message in a bottle found (2018)

As of March 2018, the oldest message in a bottle ever found was 132 years old when it was discovered. Tonya Illman was simply walking among sand dunes in Western Australia with a friend when she discovered a very old gin bottle that she thought would be nice for her bookshelf. It was found that the bottle was dropped overboard from a ship to study Ocean currents. The vessel that dropped the message in the Indian Ocean was a German research ship called Paula.


Activity Ideas

  • Create your own message in a bottle – here
  • Have a sing along to Message in a Bottle by The Police – here
  • Did you know the oldest bottle was located in Western Australia? Have a watch  –  here
  • Put your own coded messages in a bottle with our activity – here
  • Plan a treasure hunt with our activity – here
  • Accompany the treasure hunt with our DIY Pirate treasure map – here
  • Have a read of our Message in a Bottle digest – here