A German woman, Marianne Winkler, on holiday at the German North Sea island of Amrum, has found a message in a bottle.
It came from a marine biologist in Plymouth, England who set that bottle and over a thousand more of them into the North Sea sometime between 1904 and 1906. The researcher, George Parker Bidder, was trying to learn more about "deep sea currents."
Bidder's reward for those who broke the bottles, retrieved the messages they contained, and notified him at the Marine Biological Association of the retrievals, was a shilling. The shilling basically went away in the UK in 1968, then definitively in 1971. But the association was true to Bidder's promise. According to the smithsonianmag.com, "the association found an old one for sale online" and forwarded it to Winkler.
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