E.R. Johnson was an appreciator of the finer things in life. He was not a man who could simply slow down; even after his retirement.
And so, he acquired a yacht that he called The Caroline, named after his passed mother. After selling the company and retiring, Johnson took up a few new hobbies: sailing, art collecting, and deep sea expeditions. This yacht would serve as the perfect metaphor for his post Victor tenure.
Johnson would embark on long journeys on the open ocean where he would fish, sail, and be merry. The Caroline was equipped with all of the finest appointments of the day and was a truly decadent spectacle of wealth, class, and exuberance. The Caroline was the second largest privately owned yacht at the time, only falling behind J.P. Morgan’s by a mere foot in length. The boat was so massive that it had multiple quarters, a full sized kitchen and dining room, and more than 40 crew members.
Oftentimes he would lend The Caroline out to researchers at the Smithsonian Institute and even foot the bill for the necessary modifications the boat would need to be able to conduct scientific research. Always eager to learn something new, he would join the researchers on their expeditions and share in the discoveries they would make.