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Jerry Pope's Message In A Bottle Travels 4,000 Miles From Connecticut To England

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Back in October, 2010, Jerry Pope dropped in a message in a bottle into the waters off the coast of Niantic, Conn. Recently he learned that the bottle traveled nearly 4,000 miles to an island off the coast of England.
Back in October, 2010, Jerry Pope dropped in a message in a bottle into the waters off the coast of Niantic, Conn. Recently he learned that the bottle traveled nearly 4,000 miles to an island off the coast of England.

Back in October 2010, Jerry Pope had a bottle he wanted to toss.

But instead of recycling it, he decided to stick in a message and throw it into the sea near his hometown of Niantic, Conn.

"I said, 'Good luck to you,' and maybe somebody will find the bottle, and maybe hopefully, somebody will find it and send me a letter," Pope told NBC Connecticut.

Pope had no idea where the currents might take the bottle, but figured it might never get out of Niantic Bay.

Well, it did -- and then some. It traveled nearly 4,000 miles all the way to the Isles of Scilly, located 28 miles off the southwestern coast of England, according to MSNBC.

This past Saturday, 17 months after he dropped the bottle into the briny blue, Pope got a postcard from England with a photo of St. Martin's and Tresco, two islands in the Isles of Scilly.

"I thought to myself, 'Who do I know in England?' Then I read it, and I couldn't believe it," Pope chuckled. "My bottle was found," he told The Day.

The postcard, which was sent March 22, was signed by James Roberts and six others and included Roberts' email address along with the message "Have a great 2012!"

Pope has sent a message to Roberts, but hasn't heard back.

Still, he is tickled that his bottle made it to jolly old England that has inspired him to try it again.

"One day I'm going to do it -- either this summer or in the fall again -- and just see. I'm going to mark bottle number two and just see if it gets there again,” Pope told NBC Connecticut.

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