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Gig Harbor, WA, October 15, 2012—  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 lecture will be held on Sunday, October 21 at 2:00pm at the Harbor History Museum. 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.

The Gig Harbor Peninsula Historical Society, dba Harbor History Museum, was founded in 1963, and opened a museum in 1973. Our mission is to create opportunities to experience the heritage of the greater Gig Harbor communities. We do this by collecting, preserving, and sharing this area’s history. The museum is open April 16-January 31, Tues-Sun, 10am-5pm, except major holidays; winter hours are February 1-April 15, Weds-Sat 10am-4pm, Sundays 12pm-4pm.