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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A Message In A Bottle Always Intrigues

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A young Sean Bercaw is pictured in a family photo, about to throw a message overboard. (Photo courtesy Sean Bercaw)A young Sean Bercaw is pictured in a family photo, throwing a message overboard. (Photo courtesy Sean Bercaw)Sean Bercaw is a tall ship captain and former Naval officer.A bottle finder in France. (Courtesy Capt. Sean Bercaw)One of Capt. Sean Bercaw's messages. (Photo courtesy Sean Bercaw)Paco in the Canary Islands found Capt. Sean Bercaw's message. (Photo courtesy Sean Bercaw)A Google map image that bottle finder Paco sent Capt. Sean Bercaw, showing him where in the Canary Islands he found the bottle. (Courtesy Capt. Sean Bercaw)

Cell phones and the Internet may be connecting the world, but Sean Bercaw prefers a different method of reaching out.

He’s a tall ship captain and former Naval officer, originally from Falmouth, Mass.

Sean Bercaw is a tall ship captain and former Naval officer.

Sean Bercaw is a tall ship captain and former Naval officer.

As he sails around the world, he puts messages in bottles and drops them overboard. He’s been doing it since he was a kid, sailing around the world with his family.

When the bottles are found, it’s a chance to connect unlike any other.

During his voyages in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans over the last 25 years, he’s tossed overboard more than 250 stoppered bottles with messages inside.

His bottles have been found in France, the Caribbean, Azores, Cape Verde Islands and French Polynesia.

“It’s not a sure thing,” Bercaw told Here & Now’s Robin Young. “You invest in it when you throw the bottle out, and you hope it’ll be found. I’ve thrown many bottles that weren’t found but I’m still excited by taking the effort to launch them out there.”

Guest:

  • Sean Bercaw, tall ship captain.

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