A great coincidence has led to a curious discovery. One of the oldest known message bottles. And it has not appeared in the sea.
An Edinburgh plumber has found a bottle with message dated in 1887. With 135 years old, it is the second oldest message bottle ever found. Very close to another dated 1886. What does the hidden text say?
Most of the bottles with a message are usually found in the sea, or in a river. That is why they are usually relatively recent, because a bottle in a fragile container and most are destroyed.
Is bottle with message It was found in an unusual place: under the floor of a house Edinburgh, Scotland. According to the BBC, a plumber named Peter Allan was changing a radiator, when a great coincidence occurred.
He had to find the pipe that went under the floor in a 3 x 5 meter room, so he made a hole in the wooden floor just a few centimeters… And just below it was the “treasure”.
A message bottle from 1887
He quickly called the owner of the house, Eilidh Stimpson. It looked like an old jar, so she decided to wait until her two young children came back from school to open it.
The stopper was so attached to the glass that they had no choice but to break the 135 year old bottle. This is the message inside, written in pencil:
It is not easy to read even knowing English, so we have translated it:
“J”James Ritchie and John Grieve laid this floor, but they didn’t drink the whiskey. October 6, 1887. Whoever finds this bottle may think that our dust is blowing down the road“.
It’s not a treasure map or a major reveal, but it’s a piece of home builders history. Researching the 1887 census, they discovered that James Ritchie and John Grieve lived a few streets down the house.
Eilidh Stimpson has framed the message, with some remains of the bottle, and they display it proudly on the living room wall. The children have written a new message and have put it in a bottle, which they have left in the same place.
The bottles with message they bring us memories of the past, and even if they only store a couple of sentences from those who lived more than a century ago, their memory, in a way, is already eternal.