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Bottle's voyage a fitting tribute to late sailor

A glass bottle, cast into the Gulf Stream off New England a year ago as a farewell gesture to a departed sailor, turned up last week on a beach in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland after an improbable 3,000-mile trans-Atlantic voyage.

Bound with rigging tape and sealed with wax, the rum bottle carried handwritten tributes to Mattapoisett, Mass., resident Ken MacKenzie, a lifelong sailor who died of cancer in May of last year at the age of 69.

The bottle was launched from the deck of the 76-foot sailboat Lilla last June when the yacht entered the axis of the stream while competing in the 2010 Newport to Bermuda race.

"I just think that it's really cool that this made it somewhere and someone actually found it. Here he is Scottish, and he ends up in Scotland," says Mary Lou Manley, MacKenzie's life partner, who conceived the idea of the tribute at his memorial service.

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