The wine barrel is being fastened to tugboat ‘Friendship Kingstown’ with Frenchman Jean-Jacques Savin at right.
- EUSTATIUS–Jean-Jacques Savin, the Frenchman who crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a wine barrel and ended up in St. Eustatius on Saturday, began his return journey back home on Tuesday.
Savin journeyed from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean via a customized wine barrel that utilized only the currents and the wind as a means of transportation. He spent 130 days in the barrel.
The tugboat Friendship Kingstown arrived in Statia on Tuesday and was docked at Charles A. Woodley Pier. Savin and his barrel left the island that same day on board the tugboat. He is expected to travel to Martinique en route to his final destination France.
A good-sized crowd witnessed the Frenchman’s and his barrel’s departure. Harbour personnel was on hand to ensure that the barrel was safely secured for the voyage.
Just before his departure, Savin thanked the Statia community for their hospitality during his stay.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/87393-frenchman-begins-journey-back-home