October 22, 2021


World News

Message in a bottle! – Surfers find time capsule on Irish coast that traveled 4000km

Two Irish surfers from Belfast discovered a mysterious metal tube last week while walking along the beach in Gweedore, Ireland. Conor McClory and Sophie Curran returned to the West Donegal coast, on Monday, to show how they stumbled upon the time capsule and what they found inside. The capsule came from the Russian nuclear icebreaker ship, the ’50 years of Victory,’ which has explored the North Pole many times since her launch in 2007. The Irish duo found pictures of crew members and passengers, hand-written letters from the crew, menus, a military badge, wine corks, itineraries, beer mats and other gifts inside the tube. “Me and my friend here Sophie we were going to check in to surf,” Conor McClory recollects. “Done checking the waves and just taking a stroll along the shore and we came across this metallic stainless steel tube leg capsule.” McClory said that at first, they thought they had found a bomb. “We approached it and Sophie saw there was a Russian inscription on it. So we got the translation back, letting us know it was a time capsule and to get it open.” One of the letters included a contact telephone number written in English by a Russian blogger from Saint Petersburg known as ‘Sveta’, to whom Sophie decided to give a call. Sveta explained that she was part of the crew who buried the capsule in the ice at the Arctic Circle in 2018, and did not expect it to be found for another 30 or 50 years. The capsule was found almost 4,000 km (2,485 miles) from where it was placed. “We found it quite scary because that shows how quickly the ice is melting as they thought it would take between 30 and 50 years for it to melt and for someone to find it. When it’s only taken two years the ice to melt and to travel 4,000 kilometres,” Sophie Curran said. The couple intends to donate the time capsule and all the items to “a local museum or local bar, somewhere where people can see it.” According to NASA scientists, Arctic sea ice reached its second lowest extent since modern measurement began in the late 1970s in September 2020. (ruptly.tv)