The Captain and Mr. Shrode: A firsthand account of the voyage of Maverick

The Captain and Mr. Shrode: A firsthand account of the voyage of Maverick

by Tony Johnson
     
 

During their two-and-a-half-year circumnavigation aboard the sloop Maverick, Tony Johnson and Terry Shrode survived a number of harrowing engagements with the forces of nature. In Tahiti, a midnight gale caused Maverick to fetch up on a dangerous coral reef. In Indonesia, faulty navigational charts, heavy winds and high seas led the crew to run the boat aground. And…  See more details below

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During their two-and-a-half-year circumnavigation aboard the sloop Maverick, Tony Johnson and Terry Shrode survived a number of harrowing engagements with the forces of nature. In Tahiti, a midnight gale caused Maverick to fetch up on a dangerous coral reef. In Indonesia, faulty navigational charts, heavy winds and high seas led the crew to run the boat aground. And thirty miles from a safe landfall after a twenty-one day Atlantic crossing, water in the bilge triggered the discovery that the hull had begun to tear itself apart. Only a heroic effort by the skipper and first mate kept them from sinking within sight of land.
Along with tales of adventure, the Captain's chronicle contains accounts of natural wonders including orangutans in the wild, observed on a dreamlike jungle excursion up the Kumai River in Borneo, and the nighttime Arabian Sea glowing ghostly white from horizon to horizon, the result of a rare bloom of phosphorescent plankton.
Woven through the journal are revealing and sometimes surreal encounters with a host of fascinating characters including native guides, fellow cruisers, and would-be pirates. These cross-cultural experiences assume added poignancy in the period following the World Trade Center attack, when, despite the warnings of family and friends, Tony and Terry decide to carry on with their voyage through the heart of the Islamic world and fly the American flag.
Sections on Odysseus, Drake, Columbus, Plato, Socrates, bullfighting in Spain, Mediterranean geology, and Junior Walker and the All-Stars ensure that the book will satisfy the reader's wanderlust for cultural and intellectual, as well as nautical, adventure.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615651187
Publisher:
Moonmaid
Publication date:
02/23/2013
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

San Rafael author Tony Johnson has been a resident of Marin County, California since 1971. After graduating from the Yale Divinity School that year, he moved west and went to work in the music business, playing drums for such acts as Maria Muldaur, Jr. Walker and the All-Stars, Mary Wells, Commander Cody, Hoyt Axton, and Dave "Six Days On The Road" Dudley. His songs have been recorded by a variety of artists including Asleep at the Wheel, the New Riders of the Purple Sage, Commander Cody, Hoyt Axton, Charly McClain, and Bette Midler, who sang his song, "Midnight in Memphis" on the platinum soundtrack of the movie, "The Rose." His music was also featured in the film, “A Day In The Life of Bonnie Consolo,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for live action short film in 1976.
After retiring from playing music on the road, he began working at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California, where he has taught philosophy, ethics, logic, and humanities for two over decades including a semester teaching at San Quentin.
His interest in sailing began in 1990. Eleven years later, he began a circumnavigation with friend Terry Shrode that is the topic of his book, The Captain and Mr. Shrode.

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