Ken McGoogan • Bruce Kemp • Capt. Cheryl Barr • Robert Turner • Joshua Slocum • Yves Gélinas
Jennifer M. Smith • Michael and Anita Hadley • Mike Filey • Don Bamford • Farley Mowat
A widely travelled and award-winning author of popular history, Montreal-born Ken McGoogan has often written about people who have taken on the challenges of the sea. A shipwreck survivor himself, he worked as a journalist in Canada before taking up a fulltime career as biographer, historian, ghost-writer and storyteller
This vivid, comprehensive recasting of Arctic-exploration history challenges the narrative that emerged out of Victorian England, which focused almost exclusively on Royal Navy officers. McGoogan integrates the stories of non-British and fur-trading explorers and, above all, Canada's Indigenous peoples, bringing the story into the twenty-first century. An example: without the assistance of the Inuit, the final resting place of Franklin's lost ships, Erebus and Terror, would still be disputed.
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Bruce Kemp is an award-winning journalist, travel writer, and photographer, who also created the first college-level course in travel writing. Born in Sarnia, he is a former editor of Sailing Canada (among other magazines) and a published novelist.
In early November 1913, a rare "white hurricane" tore across the Great Lakes, delivering devastating snowfalls, paralyzing communications and killing 256 people on a dozen of the freshwater seas' largest ships. Bruce Kemp researched this lively and detailed account by interviewing the last surviving witnesses and combing through courtroom testimony and newspaper reports. He adds insights from contemporary ship captains and weather scientists about what caused the momentous event and its disastrous consequences.
Cheryl Barr has been sailing since she was a child. Born in Georgetown, Ontario, and now a resident of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, she now holds a 200-ton Yachtmaster certificate. She’s also a trained marine biologist, a certified welder, and an accomplished author of authoritative marine guidebooks.
2nd ed. The waters the captain covers are coastal Cape Breton, the Bras d'Or Lakes, Newfoundland's south coast, St. Pierre and Miquelon, the Magdalen Islands, and eastern PEI. She discusses route planning and weather, notes required charts, enumerates marinas and anchorages, and gives tips on bird and whale identification, places of interest, and more.
A former chief of historical collections (and now curator emeritus) of the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria, Robert Turner has written 18 books on transportation history. He has also worked as a heritage consultant on a wide range of projects.
The Klondike Gold Rush began in 1896 and soon more than 250 steamboats were plying the Yukon River and its tributaries. When the boom was over, most joined the fleets of the White Pass and Yukon route or the Alaskan Railroad. They went on to carry hundreds of tourists and many tonnes of wartime supplies. Turner draws on countless hours of field and archival research to share the dramatic story of the vessels, the people who built and ran them, and the service they provided into the 1950s.
Born in 1844 in Mount Hanley, NS, into a family with a tradition of seafaring, Joshua Slocum first went to sea as a boy, as a cook on a fishing vessel. He moved on to the Pacific, where he worked on—and owned—sailing ships for decades. In the late 1800s, as the sun was setting on the Age of Sail, he accomplished the world’s first singlehanded circumnavigation.
Slocum's epic solo voyage around the world in 1895 in the 37-foot "Spray" stands as one of the greatest sea adventures of all time. It remains one of the major feats of singlehanded voyaging, and has since been the inspiration for many who have gone to sea in small boats. This is Slocum's account of his 46,000 mile voyage.
Famous in Canada as an intrepid singlehander and the inventor of the Cape Horn windvane, Yves Gélinas was an actor before he undertook a mid-1980s circumnavigation aboard his Alberg 30 Jean-du-Sud. The resulting book and movie brought him renown and much well-deserved admiration.
Gélinas' "performance piece" was his attempt to sail around the world non-stop. Dismasted in the Pacific, he repaired his mast and completed the voyage, returning to Gaspé after 282 sailing days. "Not since Bernard Moitessier has there been a better example of someone being so perfectly in tune with their boat, the sea and themselves," writes Andy Schell, publisher of the English edition of Gélinas' classic memoir. First published in 1988 in French.
Jennifer Smith and her new husband, Alex Nikolajevich, moved to British Columbia in the early 1990s, shortly after they married. Both trained geologists, in 2000 they put their careers on hold and set sail in a Tayana 42. They lived the cruising life (with one long timeout to replenish funds) until 2017.
Early in their careers, Smith and her husband Nik realized that rewards in the corporate world might grow but would essentially remain the same--more money for more things--and they would never provide time off for real self-discovery. The couple seized on the idea of long-distance sailing as their preferred road less travelled. This memoir chronicles the adventures that unfolded over 40,000 nautical miles and 17 years.
An award-winning writer, Michael Hadley is also a sailor, a former naval officer, and an emeritus professor at the University of Victoria. Anita Hadley taught at Royal Roads Military College and collaborated on two books before working with Michael on Spindrift. The Hadleys live in Victoria, B.C.
Canada is many things- and one of those things is a maritime nation. Editors Michael and Anita Hadley have compiled a collection of stories that is a celebration of Canlit, of Canada, and of the sea and water. Authors include Farley Mowat, Yann Martel, Rudy Wiebe, Joshua slocum, Emily carr, Alice Munro, Al Purdy, Peter C Newman, Michael Ondaatje and others. This book arose from an event at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia which featured readings of maritime literature.
Born and raised in Toronto, Mike Filey is the author of more than two dozen books about the history of his hometown. He writes “The Way We Were,” a long-running column about the city’s history published in The Toronto Sun, and hosts a radio show about Toronto’s heritage.
3rd ed. The story of the steam ferry, "Trillium", launched in 1910 for the Toronto Island Company to service the Islands and Toronto Bay. The double-ended, side-paddled vessel cruised local Toronto waters for nearly 50 years and was retired in 1956. She was saved from the scrap yard in the early 70s and was fully restored. She is still in service today. As the "Trillium" celebrates her centenary, Filey revisits the history of this fascinating Canadian ship.
Already an avid sailor when he retired in 1984, electrical engineer (and boat-builder) Don Bamford used his freedom to take up long-distance sailing. He cruised all of the Great Lakes and headed south to the Caribbean, crossed the Atlantic and explored its waters, and ventured ’round the Med. His articles were published in sailing magazines in Canada and abroad.
Bamford's extensive historical research chronicles the glory years of the brigs, the schooners, the snows and the warships that dominated the lakes during the war years, with a particular emphasis on the War of 1812 and the race for naval domination of the Great Lakes. Also covered is the shipbuilders and to the challenges of constructing these vessels in the wilderness of the colonies as well as the critical role played by sailing vessels in the settlement process as newly arrived immigrants struggled to establish a home in a new land. The commercial role of sail on the Great Lakes is captured through the refinements to the schooners, the place of ships in the fur trade, the early days of fishing the lakes as an industry, the role of the timber droghers, the stone hookers and the first ore carriers of the first part of the 20th century.
One of Canada’s most prolific and widely read authors, Farley Mowat wrote non-fiction prose filled with passion and colour. He had a deep love of the natural world and a sometimes-controversial respect for the facts.
A stunningly beautiful and talented young artist, Claire Wheeler, climbed aboard Farley's beloved, but jinxed, schooner as it lay on the St. Pierre docks, again under repair. This is the story of their love affair, of summers spent sailing the Newfoundland coast, and of their decision to start their life together in Burgeo, one of the province's last remaining outports.