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Interview of Gus Tjgaard by Jean Bartlett

October 21, 2017

Born of Swedish parents in his father’s boatyard located on Washington State’s Decatur Island, one of the 172 named islands of the San Juan Archipelago, at the age of 13, Gustav Tjgaard was placed by his father aboard the five-masted American cargo schooner, The Vigilant. For the next five years Gustav served as ship’s boy between Bellingham, Washington and Guangzhou (Canton), China, under fearsome Captain Melberg. Gustav wrote about these days in his award-winning book, “Windjamming to China.” Pacificans know this author and illustrator by his anglicized name, Phil Carlson. Visit to read this interview.

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  1. October 21, 2017 6:38 pm

    Hello Dave,

    Thank you putting Jean’s bio of me on your site and thank you for giving it so much prominence. Hoping to talk soon.

    Your friend,


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