An Alaskan male discovered a friendly message in a bottle composed by a Soviet captain during the height of the Cold War

An Alaskan male discovered a friendly message in a bottle composed by a Soviet captain during the height of the Cold War

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Earlier this month, Tyler Ivanoff (left) found a message composed by Soviet Navy Capt. Anatolii Prokofievich Botsanenko (right) in 1969.

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  • Tyler Ivanoff was collecting firewood near Shishmaref, Alaska earlier this month when he found a message in a bottle composed in Russian.
  • He sought aid translating the message on Facebook and found that it had actually been written by a Soviet Navy captain in1969
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A man found a 50- year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores of western Alaska.

Tyler Ivanoff discovered the handwritten Russian letter early this month while gathering fire wood near Shishmaref about 600 miles northwest of Anchorage, regional TELEVISION station KTUU reported.

“I was just looking for firewood when I found the bottle,” Tyler Ivanoff stated. “When I discovered the bottle, I had to use a screwdriver to get the message out.”

Ivanoff shared his discovery on Facebook where Russian speakers equated the message to be a greeting from a Cold War Russian sailor dated June 20,1969 The message included an address and a demand for a reaction from the person who discovered it.

“A wholehearted hello from the Russian far-eastern fleet of Vladivostok. Greetings to you … I wish everyone health, durability, and delighted cruising,” the message reads, in part.

Reporters from the state-owned Russian media network, Russia-1, found the original author, Capt. Anatolii Prokofievich Botsanenko, KTUU reported.

He was hesitant he wrote the note till he saw his signature on the bottom.

“There– precisely!” he exclaimed.

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The message was sent out while the then 36- year-old was aboard the Sulak, Botsanenko said. Botsanenko shed tears when the Russian television press reporter told him the Sulak was sold for scrap in the 1990 s.

Botsanenko likewise showed the press reporter some mementos from his time on the ship, consisting of the autograph of the spouse of a popular Russian spy and Japanese liquor bottles, the latter kept over his wife’s protests.

Ivanoff’s discovery of the bottle was initially reported by Nome radio station KNOM


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