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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.
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.”