Walker discovers the world's oldest message in a bottle washed up on a beach after 107 years... and refuses to open the note inside! Steve Thurber, from Courtenay, Canada, found the bottle still sealed on a beach. It was sent by Earl Willard from San Francisco, 1,115 miles away. Sent on 29 September 1906, it is 107 years old. The current record-holder is 97 years and 309 days old, found in Scotland.