Aug 21, 2019
"Happy sailing." The desires of a Russian sailor reached land - 50 years later
A man who collected firewood in Alaska, United States of America, found a bottle with a handwritten message wishing "happy navigation". The bottle was thrown overboard by a Russian sailor over half a century ago.
"Sincerely greetings from the Russian Near East Fleet hospital ship VRXF Sulak," says the message that Tyler Ivanoff, an associate professor in Shishmaref, Alaska, USA, found.
"We wish him good health and many years of life and happy navigation. June 20, 1969", completes the note that Ivanoff found on the coast of his village. The plastic lid was preserved. Ivanoff published the find on August 5th on the social network Facebook.
Inside "it was still dry and smelled like wine, but old alcohol. The ticket was dry", he told the local newspaper "Nome Nugget".
Rossiya 1, a Russian television network, researched the message by the sender's address in Vladivostok and located a Soviet reformed ship captain who now lives in Crimea.
Interviewed by the canal wearing his military uniform, Anatoly Botsanenko said he served in Sulak in 1969 when he was 35.
Looking at the message through a photo on his cell phone, Botsanenko said, "This is not my letter. But he recognized the sender's address as that of his old home in Vladivostok.
"It's amazing how a small photo turned into a story," Ivanoff later wrote on Facebook.