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New Recent Reads Book Reviews

Reviewed by: R. John Garside, AP

Unravelling the Franklin Mystery -
Inuit Testimony
Author: David C. Woodman
Pages: 390
Published: 1991
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
ISBN: 0-7735-0833-3
Just when we thought we knew most of what
happened to Franklin and his men in the 1840s
along comes a book that adds a fascinating additional note to the fate of the expedition. Woodman, a long time Arctic enthusiast, delves into the
extensive records of the Inuit people who actually
remember seeing the ships and the men of that
ill-fated expedition. Many of these records were
taken in the 1850s and passed down in the stories of the Inuit that are still told today.
Woodman takes us on a journey into the very
encampments of the Inuit and shows how their
stories are not just hearsay, but could very well
be based on the true facts as they saw them in
1845. I have always been interested in this part
of Canadian history and finding a book that shed
some new light on the topic was very rewarding.
However, the read is not for the faint of heart as
it is most important to keep very careful track of
the speakers and know the geography of the land
being spoken about. I enhanced my reading of
this book by carefully reviewing my very detailed
National Geographic Atlas for the general site locations and Google Earth for a view of the actual
site. The book has several maps and charts but I
found they were just not adequate for me.
Last summer's discovery of a Franklin ship
certainly made the news but the revelations put
forward by Woodman about the survivors is most
interesting as there were several groups of them
and some even returned to the ice encrusted ship
to further their journey hoping that the short
ice-free waters would allow them to escape, but
that was not in the cards. I would heartily recommend this book to all those interested in Franklin's expedition as long as you take note of the
names, and use your detailed atlas to find your
way around.

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Mutiny on the Bounty
Author: John Boyne
Pages: 496
Published: 2009
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
ISBN: 978-0-385-66635-0
We all know the story of Captain Bligh and the
famous mutiny that took place on April 27, 1789
in the south Pacific. Several movies and books
have been written on the subject and each one
tries to paint a different picture of the key players. This book is no exception. The author, though
using the known facts of the event, weaves a
very believable story about the well known main
characters by using Captain Bligh's servant as the
narrator.
Now in actual fact this is a huge liberty as
Bligh's man servant was actually a 30 year old
man not a 14 year old juvenile, but it does make
for some very interesting reading. The whole story
is told from the view of a 14 year old waif who
is befriended by a French book patron who just
happens to be a good friend of Bligh. Instead of
jail time for his offence the 14 year old is given
the option of shipping out on the Bounty as the
man servant to Bligh which he gladly accepts.
However, never before had he been to sea so the
learning curve is rather steep and page by page
we follow his endeavours and adventures across
the ocean.
The author is best known for his book The Boy
in the Striped Pajamas and writing this book must
have been quite a change of pace and depth. The
story of the Bounty unfolds without the usual sailing ship terms featured in most books as the main
character is still learning the ropes! However, the
author does explore the seedy side of England's
ports and using this 14 year old's eyes tells a very
different story than that of the movies and most
of the books on the subject showing that Captain
Bligh is not all that bad, but is an unfortunate
victim of fate.

April 2017

Alone Against the Arctic
Author: Anthony Dalton
Pages: 191
Published: 2007
Publisher: Heritage House
ISBN: 978-1-894974-33-2
In 1984 adventurer Anthony Dalton undertook a
most interesting voyage of discovery and hoped to
navigate the North West Passage in a small open
boat starting off from Nome, Alaska. Now as I read
this book I could not help but feel that the author
would benefit from some of our CPS-ECP courses on
boating safety and navigation. The Arctic waters off
Alaska's western shore are not for the misinformed
or the novice and I could not help but feel that Dalton was one of these.
Just the thought of setting out on an adventure
as big as this in such a small boat did not sit well
with me and as I read each page of his journey I saw
that he was often the victim of his own foolhardiness, often was practising anything but safe boating.
With the weather being not the best and the water often in a wild state Dalton pushed on into the
north just hoping things would get better, and they
did not. In fact the weather continued to degrade
and with the addition of fog and gale force winds,
travel in any boat or ship becomes unsafe and most
seaman stay ashore.
Dalton though continued his quest north and finally met his end. Fortunately he survived the mishap
but only by the skin of his teeth. I read the book in
one sitting as I was appalled that someone in 1984
would think they could do the North West Passage
in one season when so many before had perished.
The book does provide a look into the adventurer's
heart and we all know that boating is more than
just a wish, it can be very, very dangerous. This book
shows you what not to do.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting April 2017

Vantage Point: Celebrating Canada’s 150th
Galley Guys: Near-Beer off the Pier
Club Profile: Cedar Island Yacht Club
Travel Destination: Victoria International Marina
Seamanship: Top Dead Centre
Cruising Destination: Northern Georgian Bay
International Cruising Destination: Almost Canadian, Almost Caribbean
Sail Review: Leopard 45
Power Review: Carver 52 Command Bridge
The Port Hole
Trailering Part 1: Trouble-free Towing
Crossing the Line: Let’s Make the America’s Cup Great Again
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Canadian Yachting April 2017 - Club Profile: Cedar Island Yacht Club
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Canadian Yachting April 2017 - Seamanship: Top Dead Centre
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Canadian Yachting April 2017 - Cruising Destination: Northern Georgian Bay
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Canadian Yachting April 2017 - Crossing the Line: Let’s Make the America’s Cup Great Again
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