WEEKEND: Mariner-author’s adventure to be retold Saturday

Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — As Tony Johnson and Terry Shrode set out to sail around the world aboard the sloop Maverick, they confronted Mother Nature, in all her power.

For example, after a 21-day crossing, the Atlantic Ocean began to tear apart the Maverick’s hull.

The pair survived. And Johnson, a former college professor of philosophy, has written a book about the voyage, an account he’ll discuss at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Captain and Mr. Shrode is Johnson’s tale of a two-and-a-half-year circumnavigation. Highlights, such as a dreamlike jungle excursion up Borneo’s Kumai River and a nighttime view of a ghostly white Arabian Sea, are likely to come up in his talk at the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St.

Johnson will also show slides and sign copies of the book.

Woven through The Captain and Mr. Shrode are revealing and sometimes surreal encounters with a host of characters met along the way.

And since Johnson is an adventurer both cultural and nautical, there are also sections on Odysseus, Columbus, Plato, Socrates, bullfighting in Spain, Mediterranean geology, and Junior Walker and the All-Stars.

Johnson, a graduate from the Yale Divinity School who also spent many years in the music business, playing drums for the likes of Maria Muldaur, Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen and Hoyt Axton.

After retiring from the road, he taught philosophy at the College of Marin in California. He also teaches a course on sailing at the Tradewinds Sailing School in Richmond, Calif.

For more details about Johnson’s program, phone 360-531-0276.

Last modified: June 06. 2013 6:13PM
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