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Lennon’s logbook to be auctioned

MARCH 28 A ship’s log kept by famed Beatle John Lennon during a cruise from Newport, R.I., to Bermuda is one of a number of items up for auction next month.

The log recounts Lennon’s voyage, during which he experienced rough weather and captained the 44-foot chartered schooner, Megan Jaye, to safety, England’s Telegraph newspaper reported. Upon his arrival in BermudaJune 11, 1980, Lennon apparently described how he regained his confidence by reciting old sea shanties.

The log also includes a sketch Lennon drew of himself with a beard and the words, “Dear Megan, there is no place like no [where],” the report says. The voyage to Bermuda was also significant, according to the report, because it marked the end of Lennon’s 10-year writing block. Later that year Lennon completed his final solo album, Double Fantasy.

The auction will also include a letter co-signed by Lennon and former bandmates George Harrison and Ring Starr, and a school exercise book completed by Lennon when he was 12 years old, the report says. The auction will be held April 19 at Madame Tussauds  in London. Lennon’s ship’s log is expected to sell for more than $35,000.

—Jason Fell