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Ode to a seafaring author

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.

Click here to read his column.