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Sailing with Vancouver : a modern sea dog, antique charts and a voyage through time / Sam McKinney.
Updated edition.
Publication Information:
Victoria, B.C. : TouchWood Editions, 2018.

Physical Description:
xiii, 190 pages : maps ; 22 cm
"As Sam McKinney retraced the explorations of Captain George Vancouver and his men from Puget Sound to Queen Charlotte Sound he wondered, "Could I have been one of them?" In the 1790s, Vancouver's crew rowed for long hours day after day, and camped on rocky beaches in all weathers to chart the intricate coastline for European colonial exploits. Two hundred years later, McKinney followed their ancient path in his 25-foot sailboat, anchoring where they did, meeting the same winds and waves, and sharing "the link of vulnerability that is the ever-present condition of all people who go to sea." McKinney offers insightful comparisons of what sailors saw and experienced, in the 18th century and today, around the Inland Sea. At the end of his trip he, like Vancouver, claimed the area he had explored, "not by deed of ownership but out of love for the place, its staggering beauty [and] the memories of the people and cultures who have found homes along its shores." McKinney invites readers along on a perceptive voyage through time and along the magnificent, storied west coast."-- Provided by publisher.


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910.91643 MCK Book Adult General Collection

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In the tradition of solitary seafarers, Sam McKinney sailed up the intricate west coast in his twenty-live-foot boat Kea, retracing George Vancouver's expedition of some 200 years ago. Alone but never lonely as he cruised north from Puget Sound to Haida Gwaii, he considered the sailors, the landscapes and seascapes, the local people and the natural phenomena of tides, waterfalls and winds. Much has changed, but much remains the same. His thoughtful comparisons of the two voyages are absorbing and entertaining, as Sam McKinney, a perceptive observer steeped in nautical history, brings to vivid life an adventure in two centuries. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Mapsp. ix
I Rendezvous with Historyp. 1
II Two Voyages of Discoveryp. 9
III A Man and His Boatp. 13
IV Mediterranean of the Northp. 25
V The Strait of Juan de Fucap. 31
VI Cape Flattery and Foulweather Bluffp. 37
VII The San Juan Islandsp. 57
VIII Puget's Soundp. 63
IX Possession Soundp. 75
X The Gulf Islandsp. 89
XI Through the Strait of Georgiap. 101
XII North from Desolation Soundp. 121
XIII Through the Labyrinthp. 127
XIV Discovery Passagep. 133
XV The Broughton Archipelagop. 137
XVI Deep Sea Bluffp. 145
XVII To Cape Cautionp. 153
XVIII My Invisible Crewp. 159
XIX Beyond Cape Cautionp. 165
Afterword: Place Names in Historyp. 169
Bibliographyp. 187