Irving McClure Johnson

Irving McClure Johnson

Birth
Massachusetts, USA
Death 2 Jan 1991 (aged 85)
Massachusetts, USA
Burial Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 89512286 · View Source
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Mr. Johnson was an American author, lecturer, adventurer, and sail training pioneer. He was also a retired captain in the United States Naval Reserve. Beginning in 1933, he made three round-the-world cruises aboard his schooner from 1947 to 1958 and he made four more aboard his brigantine. The trips lasted about 18 months each and the crews usually consisted of Mr. Johnson, his wife, their two children and about 25 amateur sailors, men and women of college age.
He made films of his voyages and described them in words and pictures to audiences in the United States and Canada. Adventures included the discovery of the anchor of the H. M. S. Bounty in 50 feet of water off Pitcairn Island, where mutineers from the British warship had scuttled the vessel; the discovery of five previously uncharted islands near North Borneo and diving to a depth of 200 feet.
He also wrote books and articles for National Geographic magazine, which produced two films for national television depicting the voyages.
The Johnsons discontinued oceangoing cruises in 1959 and outfitted the ketch to sail the inland waters of Europe. Their later books included "Yankee Sails Across Europe," published by Norton in 1962 and "Yankee Sails the Nile," published by Norton in 1966.
Born in Hadley on July 4, 1905, Mr. Johnson began his sea adventures in 1929 when he went on a 93-day voyage from Germany to Chile around Cape Horn in a 345-foot, four-masted bark, the Peking. The vessel is on display at the South Street Seaport Museum in Lower Manhattan. In 1930 he served as mate aboard the Shamrock V, an America's Cup challenger that was returning to England and had to battle hurricane winds in the North Atlantic. In World War II, he served in the Navy and commanded a survey ship making hydrographic charts of the Pacific Ocean.


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Home is the sailor
Home from the sea
Irving McClure Johnson
Captin USNR
July 4, 1905 -
January 2, 1991
His wife and shipmate
Electa Search Johnson
August 17, 1909 -


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 89512286
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Irving McClure Johnson (4 Jul 1905–2 Jan 1991), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89512286, citing Hockanum Cemetery, Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by BKGeni (contributor 46895980) .