John Lennon...The Old Man of the Sea | Fab Forum

Please consider registering

sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —

— Match —

— Forum Options —

Minimum search word length is 4 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

sp_Feed sp_TopicIcon
John Lennon...The Old Man of the Sea
No permission to create posts
6 May 2010
Ed Sullivan Show
Forum Posts: 155
Member Since:
17 March 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I recently finished reading John Lennon: The Life, by Philip Norman. 

There is a really fascinating story that I'd never heard about John in it.  Like a lot of us, he turned 40 and began to feel the need to do something adventurous.  So he bought a small sailboat and took lessons and tooled around Long Island with Sean. If you've ever sailed (I've done just a bit), you understand the appeal of guiding a vessel under wind power from a specific point to another specific point.  Unlike power-boating, you have to think the trip through.

Anyway, having learned the basics, John took a bigger step.  He hired a 43-footer to sail on from New York to Bermuda.  His crew was "Cap'n Hank" and two others.

Cap'n Hank was a character.  He had lived a counter-culture life in the 60's, so he and John bonded.  He of course new all about the Beatles and Lennon, but surprisingly didn't recognize John when they first met. 

The forecast was good weather and smooth sailing.  However, out in the middle of the Atlantic, things got nasty.  A gale-force storm blew up, with 20-foot waves tossing the boat about.  This was seriously dangerous for a boat that size.  The two mates got violently seasick and worthless.  Only Hank and John were unaffected (John explained that while quitting heroin "cold turkey", you learned how to subdue nausea).  Hank directed the boat for over 48 hours through the storm before he told John he had to take over...Hank was too exhausted to continue.  John was terrified at the prospect and told Hank that he only had these "little guitar-playing muscles."  But he accepted the duty.  Hank showed him how to handle the boat in the crashing waves and whipping wind and then left John to take over.

After a little while, John was master of the sea, shouting at the storm, daring it, cursing it, and having the time of his life.  And he actually piloted them through to safety.

The seasoned seamen were duly impressed, and Lennon himself was astounded and excited.  When he got to Bermuda, he was full of life and actively started writing songs again.  The result was his first album in years "Double Fantasy." 

Shortly thereafter, he was murdered.  The loss is even more acute when you see he was finally at peace with himself and excited to be alive again.

The following people thank Celebrated_Mr_K for this post:

6 May 2010
Sitarday's room
Apple rooftop
Forum Posts: 4633
Member Since:
1 May 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Celebrated_Mr_K said:

I recently finished reading John Lennon: The Life, by Philip Norman. 

Shortly thereafter, he was murdered.  The loss is even more acute when you see he was finally at peace with himself and excited to be alive again.


Wow that's interesting!! That's a book I'd like to read about the Beatles thanks for sharing!!


Edit : I mean about one of the Beatles…

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
6 May 2010
Apple rooftop
Forum Posts: 2270
Member Since:
12 November 2009
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Ok, reading just the title, I thought it was about John not really being dead, and living up north some where as a hermit. I'm glad it's not!

I first heard this story on Behind the Music. It made me very happy. Go Johnny, go!

Ad hoc, ad loc, and quid pro quo! So little time! So much to know!
6 May 2010
Shea Stadium
Forum Posts: 482
Member Since:
27 February 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Yeah, that episode is simply glorious. To add some flavor, Hank not only didn't recognize John, but didn't care a dog's shit he was an ex-beatle. John had to build his position in the boat from zero.

The following people thank Marcelo for this post:

I'd like to say "thank you" on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition. John Lennon
14 August 2013
A Beginning
Forum Posts: 5
Member Since:
13 August 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Really interesting topic,

thanks for sharing.. :)

The Beatles Summed in 10 Seconds ->

14 August 2013
Carnegie Hall
Forum Posts: 243
Member Since:
9 July 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Fred Seaman tells the same story in his book. John was especially moved by the experience because it made him feel very connected to his dad, Alf, who worked as a stweard on ships, making him a "man of the sea."

The following people thank mccartneyalarm for this post:


"And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."

5 December 2014
Apple rooftop
Forum Posts: 7092
Member Since:
8 November 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Royal Gazette article on the couple who now own the sloop.


Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at Vimeo or YouTube.

5 December 2014
Apple rooftop
Forum Posts: 1398
Member Since:
15 May 2014
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Amazing story, thanks for bringing this thread back to life.

The following people thank Oudis for this post:


Forsan et haec olim meminisse juvabit” (“Perhaps one day it will be a pleasure to look back on even this”; Virgil, The Aeneid, Book 1, line 203, where Aeneas says this to his men after the shipwreck that put them on the shores of Africa)

Forum Timezone: America/Chicago

Most Users Ever Online: 597

Currently Online:
44 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

meanmistermustard: 15453

Ahhh Girl: 9645

Annadog40: 8390

parlance: 7092

mr. Sun king coming together: 6980

Zig: 6814

Mr. Kite: 6012

trcanberra: 4723

mithveaen: 4633

Ron Nasty: 4475

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 87

Members: 3135

Moderators: 4

Admins: 2

Forum Stats:

Groups: 3

Forums: 34

Topics: 3537

Posts: 186404

Newest Members: Ronald jr, joojooiball, beatleology, melanie97p3916, johnjcortese

Moderators: Ahhh Girl: 9645, meanmistermustard: 15453, Zig: 6814, Joe: 4097

Administrators: Joe: 4097, Ellie: 1

Members Birthdays
Today: eytanbittan
Upcoming: Rita Eleanor