After 50 Years, Unusual Soviet Message in a Bottle Found Alongside Alaskan Coast


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Tyler Ivanoff, an American schoolteacher, was gathering firewood together with his kids on a seashore in western Alaska when he got here throughout a champagne bottle with a letter inside.

“Heat greetings from the Russian Far East fleet,” the letter started. It was a hand-written be aware, in Russian, dated 1969.

“We want you good well being, an extended life, and pleased crusing,” the brief message learn.

It stated its authors have been crew members of the Sulak, one of many Russian Far Jap fishing fleet’s depot ships.

Ivanoff posted a photograph of the letter on Fb, asking for assist with its translation, and shared {a photograph} of the emerald-green glass bottle, corked and undamaged.

“I used to be fairly excited to search out out who wrote it,” he stated.

Reuters discovered its writer in Sevastopol, a city on the Crimean peninsula’s Black Beach.

Sitting in a jacket adorned with battle medals, Anatoliy Botsanenko, 86, a former sailor, recalled writing the letter half a century in the past collectively together with his shipmates.

“Folks began saying … a time will come after we can be forgotten. And nobody will even know that this vessel and its crew ever existed. But when we threw a bottle…” Botsanenko defined, holding up a black-and-white picture of the crew.

The retiree stated the bottle got here from a crate of champagne they’d had on board.

He stated he had by no means imagined the letter might attain so far as Alaska.

However the risk that it might wouldn’t have fearful him anyway, he stated, regardless of it being the peak of the Chilly Conflict, with relations between Russia and the USA frosty at greatest.

“There wasn’t something (vital) in it. It was a greeting,” Botsanenko stated.

“Why can’t we ship a greeting, to any nation? Furthermore to the People. Our individuals at all times appreciated People, it doesn’t matter what political occasions have been occurring.”

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