An Alaskan man named Tyler Ivanoff has found a bottle in the sea containing a Soviet message from 1969.
Ivanoff posted a photo of both the message and the bottle on Facebook and wrote, “I found a message in a bottle today. Any friends that are Russian translators out there?”
In an interview with The Moscow Times, he said:
I showed my children the bottle, and they were very excited for me to open it. I opened it up, and saw that it was in Russian.
They asked me how [Russians] spoke. And I talked a little, like counting to 10 in Russian, and said a small poem that I learned in Russian from when I was in high school.
I came home from [our] short boating trip and posted the photos online of the message to see if some friends can translate it.
The internet came to the rescue and the translation read as follows:
Best greetings from the Russian fleet of the Far Eastern Shipping Company.Fleet V.R.H.F. from vessel Sulak.
I welcome you, who found this bottle, please inform us at the Vladivostok-43 vessel Sulak, to the entire crew.
We wish you good health, long life and happy sailing! 20/06/1969.
Good to know the online community can still be helpful and it’s not all horrible trolls.