The Reynolds Family, the Nuclear Age and a Brave Wooden Boat by Jessica Reynolds Renshaw
The “Brave Wooden Boat”—Phoenix of Hiroshima—is the hero of this story from the laying of her keel in 1952 to her sinking in a tributary of the Sacramento River in 2010. Plans are underway to get her out of the water and restored to sail again for peace and a nuclear-free world.
I (Jessica) sent complimentary copies to President Trump, VP Pence, the Secretary of Defense James Mattis, each of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Supreme Court Justices and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.
In response, President Trump sent a printed thank you card and not-yet-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch sent a personally signed thank you letter.
General Robert B. Neller, Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, sent a personal letter saying, “Thank you for your moving letter and the copy of your book, The Reynolds Family, the Nuclear Age, and a Brave Wooden Boat. I appreciate your passion for sharing your fmaily’s experiences and the human side of what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Your book will be a valuable resource in our library at the Home of the Commandants. Many thanks for the time and effort you put into this important work. All the best, Sincerely, Robert B. Neller”
MUM: The Conscience, Courage, and Compassion of Barbara Reynolds, June 12, 1915-February 11, 1990 by Jessica Reynolds Renshaw
Barbara Reynolds is best known for her 18 years in Hiroshima befriending and being an advocate for survivors of the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For her humanitarian efforts on their behalf and for founding the World Friendship Center in 1965, the mayor of Hiroshima gave her the key to the city and made her an honorary citizen. Barbara dined with the Prime Minister of Japan and was declared a “National Living Treasure.” Posthumously (2011) a monument was erected to her in Hiroshima’s Peace Park, their Ground Zero.
This look at both Barbara’s public and private lives was written, with admiration and candor, by her daughter Jessica.
Bigelow, Albert, THE VOYAGE OF THE GOLDEN RULE: An Experiment with Truth
I (Jessica Renshaw) personally believe the four-man crew of the Golden Rule, the “mother ship” of protest yachts, should be the four faces on Mt. Rushmore! Bigelow, Huntington, Willoughby, and Sherwood were American statesmen on the level of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Patrick Henry–except that the analogy breaks down, at least in number, when Jim Peck joins the crew! Great, thought-provoking read about the boat which was–and still is, by preceding us in being restored–the inspiration for the Phoenix!
Boardman, Elizabeth Jelinek, THE PHOENIX TRIP: Notes on a Quaker Mission to Haiphong
Phoenix crew member’s account of one of three humanitarian missions to Vietnam (both North and South) during the Vietnam War, 1967-68, carrying tons of medical supplies to the Red Cross for victims of American bombing.
Renshaw, Jessica Reynolds, TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE: An American Family Challenges Nuclear Testing
An account by 17-year old Jessica of the rough voyage her family and friend Tom Yoneda made to the USSR during the Cold War to protest Soviet nuclear testing, 1961.
Also available through Peace Resource Center, Wilmington College, Wilmington, OH 45177
Reynolds, Barbara, Cabin Boy and Extra Ballast
Fictionalized children’s version of Phoenix voyage from Japan to Hawaii.
Reynolds, Earle and Barbara, All in the Same Boat
The story of how a man’s dream–to build a boat and sail around the world–becomes a reality for Dr. Earle Reynolds and his family.
Reynolds, Earle, The Forbidden Voyage
The Reynolds family, with First Mate Nick Mikami, sail the Phoenix of Hiroshima into the Pacific Proving Grounds to protest nuclear testing, 1958.
Posted online free at http://forbiddenvoyage.blogspot.com/
Reynolds, Jessica, Jessica’s Journal
Eleven-year old Jessica’s perspective on her family’s pleasure cruise on the yacht Phoenix from Hawaii to New Zealand.
Posted online free at http://betweenthemasts.blogspot.com/
Articles, most recent first:
Denny Cristales, “Rising from the ashes” in Signal Tribune, Long Beach, CA July 28, 2017
John Bays, “Peace ship crews reunite in the Delta” Lodi (CA) News-Sentinel Weekend, July 8, 9 and 10, 2017
Michael Fitzgerald, “Old sister ships meet again” The (Stockton, CA) Record (recordnet.com), July 7, 2017
Renshaw, Jessica, “The Reynolds Family, the Nuclear Age and a Brave Wooden Boat” Consistent Life Blog, June 20, 2017
Nicole Pasulka, “An American Boat Sailed to Vietnam During the War. Then It Disappeared Atlas Obscura, Oct. 11, 2016 Co-published as “The Amazing Adventures of the Phoenix of Hiroshima,” Mental Floss, November-December, 2016
Michael Fitzgerald,”Historic sunken vessel relocated in the Delta,” July 12, 2016