Jack London was a very prolific author during the 20th century, he was a man of adventure. He engaged in many travels around the world and his hobbies included sailing, drinking, and spending time with his eclectic group of friends. Although his interest were varied, his main passion of writing won him the hearts and minds of his readers all over the world. Some of his most famous novels include, Call of the Wild and White Fang but, one of his lesser known stories “The Heathen” depicts London's life as the protagonist Charley. In London's description of sailing terminology, he use of alcohol, and the places he traveled which one can clearly see the connection between London's and his character Charley.
At a young age London surrounded himself in sailing terminology. For example when London was fifteen he sailed on a ship called the Razzle Dazzle. After couple years London began sailing on a Japanese seal ship, where he spent a good prosion of his life hunting seals. In London's early thirties, he began to work on a ship of his own which he named the Snark.
Throughout the whole short story, “The Heathen”, his proper use of sailing terminology is evident. As shown in quote from the story,
“the_Petite Jeanne_... was only seventy tons... beneath her hatches... along the rails.” page 17
This quote shows he knows the proper way to use sailing terms, beacuase anyone who works on a sail boat or if you build sail boats you know sailing terminology.