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A bottle with a letter from "Titanic" was found on the coast of Canada

In 2017, on the coast of a Canadian provinceNew Brunswick, an antique bottle was found with a note inside. The letter was written by 12-year-old Matilda Lefebvre and reported that the girl was in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and would reach New York in a few days. Researchers immediately realized that the note could have been left by a passenger on the infamous steamer Titanic, which crashed in 1912 due to a collision with an iceberg. At the moment, Canadian scientists are studying the find, and the main thing they want to know is whether it is fake or not. The paper, bottle and cork are really very old, but scientists still have doubts about the authenticity of the note due to the girl's unusual handwriting. In the meantime, the girl has already found distant relatives who currently live in France.

A mysterious letter found on the coast of Canada that could have been written on the legendary Titanic

Mysterious letter from "Titanic"

Canadianbroadcasting corporation CBC. In the course of studying the found note, a group of researchers led by Nicolas Beaudry was surprised to find that the bottle, cork, paper and ink were actually made about 100 years ago. In addition, a 12-year-old girl named Matilda Lefebvre was actually among the passengers on the Titanic. She was the daughter of French miner Frank Lefebvre, who found work in the US state of Iowa and earned enough money to invite his family to him.

A bottle containing a letter from Matilda Lefebvre

His family consisted of the eldest sons and fouryounger children. The sons were already by their side, and Matilda Lefebvre and her younger brothers and sisters needed to swim across the Atlantic Ocean with their mother. Apparently, during the trip on the Titanic, the girl became bored and she wrote a letter with the following content:

“I throw this bottle into the sea in the middle of the Atlantic. We are due to arrive in New York in a few days. If anyone finds her, contact the Lefebvre family in Leuven. "

Unfortunately, the family could not survive the crash.The Titanic died. Scientists managed to find out that after the terrible news, the father of the family turned to the Red Cross Aid Committee for help. After his appeal, the authorities noticed that he entered the United States illegally and deported him back to France. Frank Lefebvre died in 1948 when he was 77 years old.

And here is the letter itself

After posting a discovery messagea mysterious bottle, scientists were contacted by Jacques Lefebvre, a distant relative of the family. According to him, the girl's mother was his great-aunt and he does not know anything about these relatives. He very much hopes that the letter is real, but scientists have great doubts.

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Titanic letter may be fake

Despite the authenticity of the bottle, paper and ink,researchers are confused by the girl's handwriting. According to them, educational institutions in France at the beginning of the 20th century taught children a completely different style of writing. But they do not deny that Matilda Lefebvre could have asked an adult to write a letter.

Letter from a 12 year old girl under a microscope

But there is one more reason for doubt.Scientists doubt that the current could have brought the bottle with the note to the shores of Canada. In their opinion, the Gulf Stream, which is a warm sea current in the Atlantic Ocean, would rather carry the letter to one of the European coasts. But the researchers intend to do some more research and take into account wind and other phenomena that could affect the route of the bottle. If it turns out to be real, it can be considered the first artifact from the Titanic, which was found on land.

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If you think about it, the authenticity of the note is not soimportant. The main thing is that thanks to the find, mankind learned the fate of another family, which suffered as a result of the world famous catastrophe. According to the head of the research group, Nicolas Baudry, this is a fascinating story and a moving reminder of the millions of migrants who crossed the Atlantic Ocean in the early 20th century.

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Sadly, Matilda Lefebvre and her family did not survivein disaster. However, at that terrible moment, dozens of children survived, about whom we wrote about on our channel in Yandex.Zen. To save their sons and daughters, many parents had to go for tricks and demonstrate their courage. Enjoy reading!