The captain of the sailing barque Paula had recorded a drift bottle
being thrown overboard on that date nearly 600 miles off the coast.
Incredibly, there was an entry for June 12, 1886, made by the captain, recording a drift bottle
having been thrown overboard," Anderson said.
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The drift bottle
was among thousands dumped in the Atlantic Ocean between 1956 and 1972 as part of Bumpus' study of surface and bottom currents.
Drift bottle 646B was released in June 1914 by the Glasgow School of Navigation.
The old record was held by another bottom drift bottle, which was found by Andrew's friend Mark Anderson in December 2006.
Drift bottle 646B, as it is known, was released on June 10, 1914 by Captain CH Brown of the Glasgow School of Navigation, as part of a batch of 1,890 scientific research bottles designed to sink towards the seabed.
It, too, was a bottom drift bottle and was recovered by fisherman Mark Anderson, of Shetland, in December 2006.
It was part of The Drift Bottle Project, a Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans survey.
The Drift Bottle Project was started in 2000 with drops along the west coast of Canada, around Alaska and through the Canadian Arctic.
During past projects in the area, researchers released tens of thousands of drift bottles
over a period of several years and recovered a few thousand.
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