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Doreen Armitage has lived in the Vancouver/Howe Sound area for 35 years and has spent a great deal of time boating on BC's waterways. Her articles have been published in a variety of magazines including Canadian Geographic, Outdoors Canada, Canadian Heritage and Canadian Living. Her books include Around the Sound: A History of Howe Sound-Whistler and Burrard Inlet: A History which was shortlisted for the 2002 City of Vancouver Book Award.
"Active and retired tug skippers tell their stories. Includes tales
of the steam tug era, everyday life on the boats (including some
great, monotony-relieving pranks), the challenging weather;
mishaps, rescues, salvages and the 'unexpected.' Dozens of great
photos of the tugs and crews al work. Highly recommended!"
". . . excellent archival photos and just the right amount of detail and variety in these records of tugboating to capture our interest. . . . a charming review of a world that is very much part of the West Coast . . ."
-Martyn Clark, Victoria Times-Colonist
"Step into the lives of the industry's most colourful characters and greatest heroes as well as ordinary captains and crew. [Armitage] captures the romance, danger and day-to-day experiences of a sector of the marine industry that most people know little about."
"It is a beautiful book, lovely and well done."
-Barb Pope, Mulberry Bush Books
"Doreen Armitage, a Vancouver-area boater and writer, knows how tugboat captains, deckhands and engineers keep their cool in cramped quarters, dangerous waters and dodgy weather."
"Whenever a historian is also a good storyteller, you can be assured that an excellent book will result. From the Wheelhouse is a good read."