Travelling on the Uchuck as it drops supplies to remote West Coast communities is a well-kept secret for many residents.
What even the locals don’t know is the extensive history of the vessels travelling the coastal shipping lines since the days before highways and B.C. Ferries.
The Nootka Sound Service Ltd. started out supplying Ucluelet and Bamfield, moving further up the coast to logging and mining camps.
Four vessels, all named Uchuck, hauled passengers and freight, from outpost supplies to broken aircraft, totem poles, kayaks and camping gear.
Young draws on extensive company records to supplement his memories of 40 years with the Nootka Sound Service, starting as a junior deckhand as a teenager and finishing as co-owner and shipmaster.
Author: David Esson Young
Published by: Harbour Publishing
Available at: Local bookstores
List price: $24.95