North Pole time capsule washes up on Irish coast

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North Pole time capsule washes up on Irish coast
Surfers Conor and Sophie found the capsule at the weekend. CREDIT: Conor McClory and Sophie Curran

A North Pole time capsule tossed from a Russian nuclear icebreaker in 2018 has washed up on the Irish coast.

Conor McClory and Sophie Curran from West Donegal were checking out the surf at the Bloody Foreland when he came across a steel structure in the sand.

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It turned out to be a small time capsule that had travelled 3,800 km to reach the shores of Donegal in a recent storm, reports Donegal Daily.

North Pole time capsule washes up on Irish coast
CREDIT: Conor McClory and Sophie Curran

The fascinating find contained letters, poems and photographs from North Pole explorers.


Conor said much of the fun has been investigating the puzzling find.

He told the publication he initially thought it was a steel pipe from a ship, but when he saw engraving on the side, he feared it could be a bomb.


“When I saw the date on it I then thought it could be somebody’s ashes so I didn’t open it. I rang a mate who has a Russian friend and he translated it for me. He said it was a time capsule and I should get it open,” Conor told Donegal Daily.

Inside there was also numerous pieces of interest created by those on board the ’50 Years of Victory’ ship, the second largest nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world.

Explorers can pay to join North Pole expeditions.


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