Ode to a seafaring author

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In his youth, Jack London made his living on the salt water, but toward the end of his short life, he was an author (“The Call of the Wild,” “The Sea-Wolf”), a gentleman farmer and a yachtsman. He and his second wife, Charmian, owned an old 30-foot boat named Roamer, which he kept on the Napa River. He belonged to the Vallejo Yacht Club. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Carl Nolte explains why the literary icon holds a special place in his heart.

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