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Our friend and your former Klaraborg shipmate passed away on 12 February 2018 after a short illness. He will be greatly missed by his Klaraborg friends and his family in Marietta, wife Linda and trusty dog Gus, as well as his many local friends and compatriots. May God grant him eternal peace and rest! 

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John Victor “Vic” Spencer, passed away in Marietta, GA on February 12, 2018 at the age of 68. Born in San Francisco, CA July 28, 1949 to Stewart & Olga Spencer. Stewart was in the Air Force which took Vic & the family to many areas of the United States & the world.

His traveling would continue into his adult life. He would meet Linda his future wife, a Delta flight attendant, while on a trip to Atlanta. Some of Vic’s travel adventures would include living in Tripoli, Libya as a child to traveling around the world on a sailing ship, along with many worldwide adventures with his best friend and wife of 39 years Linda. These adventures included such faraway places as Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Russia, Egypt, Norway, & cruising the Caribbean.

Vic retired in 2015 from the insurance industry after a long career that started in 1977. Retirement included more travel adventures, enjoying his lakeside home, whether it was working in his woodshop, and gardening, kayaking, or just sitting and reading a book with his former dogs Goat, Ben, Sweet Pea or current dog Gus.

He is survived by his loving wife Linda; sister Sandy Bonnickson; brother Paul (Carrie); niece Heather (Cayler & Kenna); nephew Norman Bonnickson; uncle Lionel Spencer; cousins Tom (Brandi), Pat (Kathy), Cris, Barbara (Jerry), Jim; and mother-in-law Joy Kubas. Family will receive friends on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Macland Chapel.

A Memorial Service will follow beginning at 11:00 a.m. officiated by Dr. David Campbell. Immediately following the service, there will be a celebration of life with food & drinks provided. Family is requesting in lieu of flowers, that friends make donations to their church or favorite charity in his memory.



Klaraborg at Cape Town - Photo courtesy of Ove Linner:

"Photo of the old lady outside Capetown, taken by Graeme Dillon on his little oyster dredger from England called Mayfly. He was also on a round the world tour.  Later in 1986-7-8-9 I think, we worked in the same creek in Kenya, his girlfriend worked on the same ship as me as tourguide- crew. Then I was skipper on the Seepfert, old Dutch ironship gaffrigged ketch, 90 feet long, 250 sq.met sails, so a bit smaller then Klaraborg's sails, her main was like Klaraborg's mizzen but she had a big Donk. 290 hp."

Welcome to the Klaraborg home page --

This website is a living tribute, dedicated to the memory of the sailing yacht Klaraborg... her former-owners, her many crew-members – over the years, friends, acquaintances, supporters and interested volunteers, that contributed their time, money, sweat, and toil, in keeping this fine old lady afloat, during her years of glory.   

The purpose of this website is to perpetuate the living memory of the ship and share photos, memories and recollections of the “Klaraborg Experience” with others, that may have an interest. As a former crew-member (1974-1975,) my story is only one of many and I look forward to connecting with others that may have sailed or had knowledge of this great old sailing ship.  

Perhaps you have a Klaraborg experience, recollection or photos, and would like to share them. If so, please feel free to contact this site. We look forward to sharing your stories too!  

The Klaraborg tale is one of legendary travel; a fifteen year nomadic-trek of global proportions, circumnavigating the world, exotic ports-of-call, storms, disasters, shipwrecks, visitations to obscure islands the-world-over, blue water sailing, a bit of buccaneering and above all....adventure on the high seas!  

From Sydney to Hong Kong... Rio to Tahiti.... San Francisco to Capetown.... Klaraborg saw it all and many places in-between. She was a 100 year old dowager,  cruising the world in her own inimitable fashion, on her own schedule, blown only by the vagaries of the wind and time and crewed by a never-ending stream of free -spirited adventurers and sea rovers, that were looking for excitement and romance in their lives.  

Klaraborg was reclaimed from the salvage heap of time. At one-hundred six years of age (at the time of her reclamation) she was destined to sail her last years in glory. She was resurrected on the dreams and visions of some young Swedish men that formed a group that rebuilt, refitted and then set sail on a voyage of discovery from Goteborg, Sweden, in 1967. She plowed the ocean’s miles in seven league boots for the next fifteen years and met her final demise and sank forever, off the coast of Australia, in the Indian Ocean, in 1982. For fifteen years, Klaraborg provided adventures that could only be read about - or perhaps lived a century before. Come join me in reliving some of the voyages of Klaraborg .....

S/Y Klaraborg 1859 -1982 

 © J. V. Spencer 2005 - Third party use of the information included herein without the express permission of the author is prohibited.

Authored by Vic Spencer. To contact click HERE

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