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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Whatever floats your boat

Cork BoatEver wondered what to do with that collection of wine corks that seems to keep accumulating? Here's an idea: build a boat.

Washington speechwriter John Pollack nursed a dream of building a boat out of corks since he was six years old, and three decades later finally did complete a two ton, 22 foot long Viking-style craft made of some 166,000 wine corks.

Pollack's effort was helped along by the Cork Supply Group, one of the world's leading cork manufacturers and suppliers, which contributed 100,000 corks. Fittingly, after a brief shakedown cruise in the Potomac River, the boat's maiden voyage was on the Duoro River in Portugal, where Pollack and his craft were instant media favorites.

The story of Pollack and his boat is still in the media: A story about it will be aired January 11 on ABC's 20/20, which comes on at 10 p.m. EST.

It's hard to imagine such a dream being fueled by screwcaps....
J. Silverheels Gray, 10:41 AM


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