Western Australian Museum blog:
The world’s oldest known message in a bottle has been found half-buried at a West Australian beach nearly 132 years after it was tossed overboard in the Indian Ocean, 950km from the coast.
Until now, the previous world record for the oldest message in a bottle was 108 years, four months and 18 days between jettison and discovery.
The message is dated 12 June 1886 and was jettisoned from the German sailing barque Paula as part of a long-term German oceanographic experiment to better understand global ocean currents and find faster, more efficient shipping routes.
Fascinating. This is just a bit like time travel to me.