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Message in a Bottle

Jan 12th 18
By Hillary Hoffower


Mate/Engineer Chris Bassage of M/Y Kewpie was in for quite the surprise while he was helping clean up hurricane debris at Puerto del Ray Marina in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. After a long day in the sun of gathering plastic containers and rubbish that had blown onto a nearby beach, he noticed a clear, corked wine bottle while he was working through a section of rocky terrain. Upon inspection, he spotted a letter inside — but, suspecting that the letter might contain some sort of much-needed motivation, he decided to wait for the rest of the crew to open the bottle. 


At the end of the day, it was time. “We cracked the bottle, carefully pulled away the crumbled Ziploc bag and slowly unrolled the moist paper,” Bassage says. “As I started reading the letter, I immediately got goose bumps as not only was the letter from seven years ago, but [it was] from a familiar boat, with a familiar name. [The bottle] had been dropped during an Atlantic crossing in the mid-Atlantic.” 


Not only had the bottle survived seven years in the ocean, it was still whole even after washing up on rocky terrain and enduring two Category 5 hurricanes. 


The letter read: 


“We alone are the gods of our own destiny, sure confidence, inner strength. I control my life.” — November 2010, M/Y Sequel P, The Chef, Mid-Atlantic 


Bassage reached out to the chef and thanked him for the motivation, which was sorely needed in the aftermath of Puerto Rico’s hurricane, which left many without water or electricity. What’s an even better ending to the tale? Turns out the chef had met his wife on Sequel P and married her six months after dropping the bottle in the sea. How’s that for a love story? 

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