Divers have found a time capsule dating back to 1936 sunk to the bottom in Lake Durowski, which is located in the Wągrowiec area.
An unusual item was found by a group of Hennil divers while diving in Lake Durowski in Greater Poland. Exactly 86 years and 27 days after the sinking, they found a time capsule dating back to 1936. The glass bottle with a letter hidden inside provided a lot of excitement and made for an interesting story.
As the members of the Hennil group themselves admitted, this was to be one of those dives like many, where the pleasant combines with the useful. After all, who would turn down the opportunity to dive with a group of friends and clean up a local body of water in the process?
An undoubted advantage of participating in underwater cleanup is the unusual items that one manages to come across from time to time. This time thedivers‘ lootwas a message from the past, which was found at the bottom of the lake on September 20, 1936, still in the 20-year interwar period.
We were swimming and suddenly one of us saw a bottle at the bottom that stood out from the ones we find every day or see now in stores, for example. It looked nearly a century old, and inside we saw a wad of paper. The bottle was properly protected. It had an old, pre-war porcelain stopper. Pebbles were poured into the bottle to weigh down the vessel in such a way that it faced the neck down, and the pressure inside sealed the whole thing – the divers reported in an interview with the media.
Unfortunately, during the ascent, the bottle unsealed and water got inside. In this situation, it was necessary to act quickly, as there was not a moment to lose. Using tweezers, a wet wad of paper was extracted from inside the bottle, which could then be read.
Upon reviewing the message, it turned out to be a commitment from scouts from the local Niedźwiadki troop from Wągrowiec.
This pledge was written so that the four boys who signed it could get another degree. They pledged, among other things, not to be late for meetings, which means they had a problem with it. They will pay their dues regularly, and as we know even today there is a problem with that. They were also, importantly, to be respectful to every male and female drugee in the entire team, not just in the squad. Well, and something that really caught my eye – they were supposed to respectfully approach women. This is very beautiful and is a real gem for scouting – Jadwiga Mianowska of the Historical Commission of the ZHP Wągrowiec District explained.
Divers from the Hennil group managed to read the names of four scouts, and they were Waclaw Dróbka, Jan Waligórski, Kazimierz Wyrembek and Jan Tomaszewski. Who knows? Maybe the fished out time capsule will allow to write another chapter and succeed in determining the later fate of the scouts or reach their relatives?
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