20th Century Master Mariner to Visit Harbor History Museum

Master mariner J. Holder Christensen and author Vaughn Sherman will be at the Harbor History Museum on Sunday, Oct. 21.

Using money earned by gold mining in Alaska, a Danish couple and their two young boys made their way to Bainbridge Island, WA, purchased a schooner, and established themselves among the Pacific Northwest's most respected seafarers.

J. Holder Christensen "was literally raised for the sea, starting with those childhood days when Dad tethered me to the mast of La Blanca" as he ferried cargo throughout the Puget Sound. Sea Travels follows Christensen as he works his way from family deckhand to master mariner -- licensed to operate any merchant vessel worldwide. It tracks two generations of the Christensen family from Puget Sound's pioneer days, to the Alaskan Gold Rush, and onto the world's open oceans.

The Harbor History Museum welcomes Christensen's nephew and author of Sea Travels, Vaughn Sherman, as he recounts these stories in a fascinating lecture. Mostly Books will be on site selling the book, and Vaughn Sherman will do a book signing following the presentation. The . This event will be free to members, regular admission for non-members.


J. Holger Christensen recorded his life story shortly before he died in 1988, at the request of his nephew, Vaughn Sherman of Edmonds. Sherman transcribed the tapes, giving copies to family, as well as a few local libraries and museums. Nearly 3 decades later, Sherman decided his uncle’s tales merit publishing for their unique details of 20th century culture, business, family life, the Great Depression and World Wars.

Vaughn Sherman spent time at sea as a Pacific Northwest fisheries biologist before he was recruited by the CIA. He is author of Sasha’s Plotkin’s Deceit, an espionage novel based on his CIA service and has published three books dealing with the management of non-profit organizations.

Information from Harbor History Museum.


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