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The Uchuck years : a west coast shipping saga /
David Esson Young ; [edited by Betty Keller]
imprint
Madeira Park, BC : Harbour Pub., c2012.
description
303 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
9781550175820 :
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imprint
Madeira Park, BC : Harbour Pub., c2012.
isbn
9781550175820 :
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
8753359
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
David Esson Young draws upon extensive company records as well as over forty years of experience with Nootka Sound Service, starting as a junior deckhand while in his teens and finishing as co-owner and shipmaster. He lives in Royston, BC.
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Summaries
Main Description
On the wild west coast of Vancouver Island, those days still exist, as this book reveals in vivid detail. Relating the trials and tribulations of what surely must be the last of Canada's historic coastal shipping lines, The Uchuck Years is a rare first-person account by an old salt who owned and captained his own vessels. Enduring for sixty-five years, the company that came to be known as Nootka Sound Service Limited is still in operation to this day, though David Young no longer owns it and has recently sworn off serving as skipper even in a relief capacity. Initially serving the communities of Ucluelet and Bamfield, the company refocused its efforts when Highway 28 was punched through the mountains from Campbell River to Gold River in 1959. Logging and mining camp bosses farther up coast in the Nootka Sound and Kyuquot areas were convinced of the company's usefulness, allowing it to move its service farther north along the remote West Coast. The four company vessels--all named Uchuck--have hauled passengers and freight ranging from the more usual outpost supplies to broken aircraft, totem poles and, more recently, kayaks and camping gear for eco-touring expeditions. Every day is an adventure on the Uchuck and the ships have been called upon countless times to perform boat rescue and other emergency support. Young's gripping first-hand accounts of stormy passages through waters once known as the "Graveyard of the Pacific" are interspersed with his anecdotes about the colourful boss loggers and hermits who make this storm-tossed but incredibly scenic wilderness one of coastal BC's most fascinating places. The Uchuck Years is transportation history par excellence, a great seafaring yarn and an important history of one of BC's most charismatic regions.
Main Description
On the wild west coast of Vancouver Island, those days still exist, as this book reveals in vivid detail. Relating the trials and tribulations of what surely must be the last of Canada's historic coastal shipping lines, "The Uchuck Years" is a rare first-person account by an old salt who owned and captained his own vessels. Enduring for sixty-five years, the company that came to be known as Nootka Sound Service Limited is still in operation to this day, though David Young no longer owns it and has recently sworn off serving as skipper even in a relief capacity. Initially serving the communities of Ucluelet and Bamfield, the company refocused its efforts when Highway 28 was punched through the mountains from Campbell River to Gold River in 1959. Logging and mining camp bosses farther up coast in the Nootka Sound and Kyuquot areas were convinced of the company's usefulness, allowing it to move its service farther north along the remote West Coast. The four company vessels all named Uchuck have hauled passengers and freight ranging from the more usual outpost supplies to broken aircraft, totem poles and, more recently, kayaks and camping gear for eco-touring expeditions. Every day is an adventure on the Uchuck and the ships have been called upon countless times to perform boat rescue and other emergency support. Young's gripping first-hand accounts of stormy passages through waters once known as the "Graveyard of the Pacific" are interspersed with his anecdotes about the colourful boss loggers and hermits who make this storm-tossed but incredibly scenic wilderness one of coastal BC's most fascinating places. The Uchuck Years is transportation history par excellence, a great seafaring yarn and an important history of one of BC's most charismatic regions.
Table of Contents
Maps of the West Coast of Vancouver Islandp. 8
Introductionp. 13
A Brief History of Marine Companies in Barkley Soundp. 17
The Barkley Sound Transportation Company Ltd.p. 22
Weather and Navigationp. 58
The Barkley Sound Yearsp. 73
The Early Nootka Sound Yearsp. 92
The Lean Yearsp. 114
The Beginning of the Turnaroundp. 124
Changing Timesp. 144
A Brighter Futurep. 178
The Refit Yearsp. 193
Expanding Routesp. 215
Dealing with Dangerp. 251
The Highways and Bywaysp. 264
The Final Yearsp. 281
Epiloguep. 293
Acknowledgementsp. 295
Indexp. 296
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