Author tells sea tales

Maritime author Doreen Armitage tells tales from the galley during a book signing Nov. 24.

Armitage, author of From the Wheelhouse, is autographing copies of her latest book Tales from the Galley: Stories of the Working Waterfront at Nanaimo Maps and Charts, 8 Church St., from 1-3 p.m.

Tales from the Galley is a collection of stories from men who earn their living in, on or beside the sea, including a former Department of Fisheries and Oceans skipper who tells a heart-rending story of trying to rescue the crew of a fish boat floundering 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 commercial diver remembers the time he befriended a large, seemingly harmless octopus, only to have it respond 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. They offer a captivating picture of life along B.C.’s working waterfront in all its variety.

Armitage spent a great deal of time boating on B.C.’s waterways.

Please call Nanaimo Maps and Charts at 754-2513 for more information.

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