• Tyler Ivanoff was collecting fire wood near Shishmaref, Alaska previously this month when he found a message in a bottle composed in Russian.
  • He sought help equating the message on Facebook and found that it had been written by a Soviet Navy captain in1969
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A male discovered a 50- year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the coasts of western Alaska.

Tyler Ivanoff found 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 searching for firewood when I found the bottle,” Tyler Ivanoff stated. “When I found 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 welcoming from a Cold War Russian sailor dated June 20,1969 The message included an address and a demand for an action from the individual who found it.

“A heartfelt hi from the Russian far-eastern fleet of Vladivostok. Greetings to you … I wish everyone excellent health, durability, and pleased sailing,” the message checks out, in part.

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

He was doubtful he wrote the note until he saw his signature on the bottom.

“There– exactly!” he exclaimed.

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

Botsanenko also showed the reporter some mementos from his time on the ship, including the autograph of the other half of a popular Russian spy and Japanese alcohol bottles, the latter kept over his partner’s demonstrations.

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

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