GDAńSK, Poland, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Divers exploring a 200-year-old shipwreck -- the F53.31 shipwreck -- in the Baltic Sea's Gulf of Gdańsk, off the coast of Poland, surfaced with a sealed stoneware bottle earlier this summer. Now, scientists at J.S. Hamilton Poland, a lab testing facility, have confirmed that the bottle contains alcohol.
The bottle is imprinted with the name "Selters," the original brand of Selters water, a natural mineral water sourced from wells in the area of Selters, near the town of Hesse in Germany's Taunus mountains. The seal on the bottle suggests it was produced in the town of Ransbach, just 25 miles from the original Selters springs. Between 1806 and 1830, local bottlers in the towns surrounding the springs produced almost a million bottles of the mineral water.