Sea Travels 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. Their saga includes hard times and history, taking President Truman salmon fishing on Puget Sound and La Blanca's dynamite-fueled explosion on a Tacoma shore, one of the most dramatic Puget Sound maritime episodes to this day, as well as the high jinks and heroism of rootless and restless men of the sea.
For the sake of his wife, Christensen ends his career as a merchant mariner shortly after World War II. The couple went on to own a hardware store and construction company on Bainbridge, then a hotel in Port Townsend. Toward the end of his life Christensen told his nephew, Vaughn Sherman: "Through all those years since 1947, I've kept current on my master's license… There was always the thought in the back of my mind of someday returning to the sea."
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 three 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 Plotkin's Deceit, an espionage novel based on his CIA service and has published three books dealing with the management of non-profit organizations.
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