During the days of sail, square rigged ships berthed in Steveston to load the annual pack of salmon.
“Evening Colours”, (Desolation Sound, BC)
The ever beautiful wonder of Desolation Sound proves a fantastic backdrop for trollers setting out for an opening in the Gulf of Georgia.
Colours from the forest, sky, and water combine to create a magical moment.
“Sunlight in Barkley Sound”, (west coast of Vancouver Island, BC)
Seine boats head out in a stiff westerly breeze in Barkey Sound. They will shortly make a set for what used to be an area rich in salmon. Today the large fleet that annually fished the area is sadly, no more.
“Christmas in Bird’s Eye Cove”, Maple Bay, BC
Birds Eye Cove sits at the head of Maple Bay, well protected, and it is a peaceful haven.
We spent Christmas in Maple Bay aboard our own vessel and launched our 11’sailing dingy on a warm, sunny Boxing Day. We spent a charming morning rowing around the area.
“Towing Out of the Fog”, (Central Coast, BC)
The BC logging industry relies heavily on tugs to move most of its logs around the coast. Working the large collection of rafts down the coast – through narrow tide swept passages – and around rocky islets takes a great amount of skill which only comes with experience. Weather can produce huge challenges – from storms to fog and all challenges are faced with incredible professionalism.
“Out of Admiralty Inlet”, (entrance to Puget Sound)
Heading out of the narrow entrance to Puget Sound, the sail training vessel “Lady Washington” sails over the same water explored by Captain George Vancouver who left so many names on the coast.
“With Outspread Arms” (Central Coast, BC)
Trollers transit Finlayson Channel between fisheries. Fishing vessels have to travel to various parts of the coast as the Department of Fisheries opens and closes different areas for commercial fishing.
“Dawn Over Ladner”, (Delta, BC)
The tranquility of a dawn in the Ladner marshes is enjoyed by two kayakers as they enjoy being close to nature.
“Through Captains Passage” (Gulf Islands, BC)
A delightful morning sail through the passage is made by an old “gaffer”, the beauty of which is lost on many modern yachtsmen.
“Calm Morning” (Port Townsend, WA, USA)
A few years ago, after participating in the Classic Boat Festival in Victoria with our historic wooden boat, we decided to visit the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend. We found the excitement of being surrounded by other wooden boats and wooden boat owners to be very stimulating and encouraging. This painting depicts the scene early one morning before all the guests had arrived and shows the harbour where the non participants, but still mostly wood, anchored.