Author and Journalist Cameron Dueck is speaking at 7:30 tonight (April 12th) at Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club about his experience transiting the Arctic. We’ll be there too with copies of his new book, The New Northwest Passage. [Facebook Event] An excerpt from his talk is below.
Our first encounter with ice caught us by surprise. First a small piece bobbed by, and then a second, and then we were in the thick of it. We had to drop our sails and start the engine to allow us to stop on a dime, reverse and carefully inch our way around the ice floes. I sent crew up the mast to look for clear lanes of water through the ice floes. If we were careless or luck turned against us, the ice could easily crush our fibreglass hull and sink us, leaving us precious little time to move from the frigid water into our life raft.
Arctic Sailor and Nautical Mind alumnus R. Bruce Macdonald writes:
Dear Nautical Mind,
when I had the privilege of working for you in the eighties I often wished that at least one of the books that we were selling was one that I had written. I am hoping to bring that dream to fruition now that I have completed the manuscript for North Star of Herschel Island – Canada’s last sailing Arctic fur trader. It is the true story of North Star who at the height of the Great Depression was commissioned to be built in 1935 for two Inuit fur trappers. While the rest of the world was suffering, the Inuvialuit of Canada’s western Arctic were making so much money from fur that they were able to pay cash for the ship, a sum that in today’s values would be around one million dollars.
The North Star of Herschel Island