200-year-old bottle of booze found in shipwreck - and it's safe to drink

Bottle was found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea

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A 200-year-old bottle of alcohol has been recovered from a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea.

The stoneware seltzer bottle was discovered by researchers who were exploring the F-53-31 shipwreck in Gdańsk Bay, near the polish coast.

Live Science reports that laboratory tests have shown the bottle contains a 14 per cent alcohol distillate, which could be vodka or gin, which were probably diluted with water.

According to the Daily Mail, Tomasz Berdnarz, of the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk, who led the search on the shipwreck, said: "The bottle dates back to the period of 1806 to 1830 and has been recovered during the works on the F-53-31 shipwreck, or the so-called Glazik – which means small rock in Polish".

In March, a fisherman and his crew found the world's oldest message in a bottle 101 years after it was sent.

Konrad Fischer and his crew caught the bottle in their nets two miles from the Kiel lighthouse in Germany.

An almost 101-year-old postcard with the date 17 May 1913 was stuck in the bottle.

The note was written by a German called Richard Platz one year before World War One, when he died.


Fisherman Finds 'World's Oldest Message In A Bottle'

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