How much can float a message in a bottle if to throw it into the ocean?

Imagine that you were on a desert island. Perhaps you have even a bottle of rum that you managed to safely drink. Suddenly you find a piece of paper, a pen and decide to do the last thing in your power. You write a letter of request, put it in an empty bottle and throw as their last hope for salvation in the vast ocean. What do you think, how much time it will take to a bottle found and saved you? To answer this question can help a case that occurred in Alaska just a few days ago.

How much time can float the bottle in the ocean?

Despite the fact that such method of communication is not particularly reliable, to our ancestors not having access to modern means of communication had to be content with little. So, the famous Explorer Christopher Columbus was sent the latest news to the Spanish Queen Isabella using “bottled Telegram”.not all the letters of Columbus were caught from the ocean, some of them really reached the addressee.

Columbus was not the only one who actively used the bottle to transfer useful information. To communicate in such an interesting way was not against even the English Queen Elizabeth I, which for the reading of sea letters was appointed a position with simple and understandable name — “occuparsi of ocean bottles”. Most likely, inspired by the example of the great modern residents of some Indonesian tribes still use similar “technology” to communicate with each other.

Some Indonesian tribes still use the “bottle” method of communication

Despite the fact that the air-filled bottle can drift in the ocean for a very long time, the chance to be found it is not so great. So, in the 19th century off the coast of Scotland in the ocean were sent bottles of 1980 with the aim of exploring the undercurrents. Inside each glass bottle was written on the note on the granting of rewards to all who found unusual find. However, despite the possibility of obtaining generous awards from 1980 bottles were found only 315.

Christopher Columbus was not the only Amateur to chat with bottles

What messages in bottles to use now?

Despite the fact that the transmission of messages through bottles and oceanic currents has long been obsolete, nowadays this method is still used as the only way to get in touch with the land during disasters.
Although, as with any rule there are some exceptions.

In 1957 a Swedish sailor named ake Viking was sent a bottle with a note into the ocean in order to — to meet you! In his letter, the sender asked the finder of the bottle the girl to answer his message and to send a photo. It would seem that the chances of the seaman was a small man, but there was something that himself did not expect the ake. Incredibly, the letter of a sailor responded to the girl from Sicily Paolina of Pozzo. As it should be in fairy tales, heroes began a romantic relationship that turned into marriage.

Whatever it was, evidence that the message in the bottle are still used as means of communication, can be found in the unusual discovery made in Alaska some of Tyler Ivanoff. As reported by the news service of the BBC, it turned out, they found a bottle with a message inside, was sent on a long voyage as a sailor on Board the Russian ship “Sulak” 20 June 1969. The author of the letter was made by captain Anatoly Pozanenko, which at the time the bottle turned 86 years old.

Cordial greetings! On behalf of the Russian fleet and the far Eastern shipping company welcome to everyone who found this bottle of p/W Sulak! Please respond to this appeal in the city of Vladivostok to the whole team p/b Sulak. We wish you good health, long life and happy journey. June 20, 1969.

In order to find your reader, the message went to Alaska for the whole 50 years