Lured by the mystique of John Masefield's sea poetry, Charles Turnbull spent the summer of 1941 as a sailor aboard the three-masted schooner JEAN F. ANDERSON. The passage from Nova Scotia to New York and on to Jacksonville, Florida, was a voyage of discovery for this young college student. Sea life lost its romantic aura during the first cold night watches on Georges Bank. Yet, as an adaptable and observant young man, Turnbull learned to appreciate the narrow but ever moving confines of the sailor's world and the men with whom he shared this existence. Fifty years later, Charles Turnbull reconsiders his seagoing experience. With a graceful style he captures the sights, sounds, and flavors of life in working sail. It is a story of contrasts, from the elemental simplicity of seagoing life to the squalor of New York Harbor, from the privations of a sailor's life to the luxuries of his own middle-class home, and from the maddening drift of the doldrums to the terrifying force a storm at sea. Ultimately, this is a sincere tribute to Turnbull's shipmates, men whose existence he shared briefly and in whose lives he finds enduring value. After his voyage, Charles H. Turnbull spent three years in the army and graduated from Wesleyan University in 1947. He has worked as a salesman, marketing researcher, sanitarian in Alaska, packaging engineer, and recycling engineer. He is now a writer with particular interests in environmental issues and politics. He divides his time between Old Lyme, Connecticut, and Smith's Cove, Nova Scotia, where the Turnbull's first settled in America two centuries ago.
Published by Mystic Seaport, 1990
9" x 6" 104 pages
Paperback, Teen Reading-Level