Tales From the Galley

Tales From the Galley

Stories of the Working Waterfront

Book - 2007
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Armitage, an author and boating enthusiast, has collected stories that show the more practical side of living on the high seas. By interviewing commercial fishermen, Coast Guard skippers, deep-sea drillers and others, the author is able to provide an unfettered yet exciting look at the oceanic working class. Humorous tales of unpredictable marine life are interspersed with more thrilling and suspenseful accounts of harsh weather, costly accidents and the ever-present and ominous danger represented by the deep sea. Armitage's loose and conversational tone is complemented by the generous amount photographs that help to bring each tale to life. Oversize: 9x11". Distributed in the US by Graphic Arts Center Publishing. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Doreen Armitage, author of the bestselling From the Wheelhouse: Tugboaters Tell their own Stories, is back with a fresh collection of salty tales from a varied collection of men who earn their living in, on or beside the sea. A former DFO skipper tells a heartrending story of trying to rescue the crew of a fish boat foundering off the west coast of Vancouver Island in wind so strong it cartwheeled their life raft "across the waves like a tumbleweed." A coastal pilot recounts the horrors of trying to scramble up the sides of towering ships in tossing seas, and a near-death experience after falling into the frigid ocean. A tugboat skipper tells of towing a mountainous bundle of logs--called a Davis raft--from the Queen Charlotte Islands only to have it hit rocks and break apart, scattering enough timber to build a small city. A commercial dive fisherman remembers the time his buddy befriended a big harmless-seeming octopus, who responded by trying to tear his helmet off.

Some of these stories involve momentous events with sinking ships and loss of life, but most simply recount everyday happenings, from the humorous to the strange. Together, they offer a captivating picture of life along BC's working waterfront in all its variety.
A captivating picture of life along a working waterfront.

Publisher: Madeira Park, B.C. : Harbour Pub., c2007
Description: viii, 198 p. : ill., map ; 29 cm
ISBN: 9781550174380
Branch Call Number: 387.509711 Arm


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