"The Good Company: An Affectionate History of the Union Steamships" (used book)

"The Good Company: An Affectionate History of the Union Steamships" (used book)

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The Good Company: An Affectionate History of the Union Steamships

by Tom Henry


About the Book

Used Book. Hardcover. Dust jacket included. Good Condition.

-- From the dust jacket

Between 1889 and 1959 the vessel of the Union Steamship Co. of BC bound the coast from north to south as firmly as the steel tracks of the Canadian Pacific Railway bound the nation from east to west. The Union’s black and red funneled steamers and their trademark whistle – one long, two short, one long – were a fixture of weekly life at virtually every logging camp, cannery and stump and mud settlement between Vancouver and the Alaska Panhandle.

Based on years of painstaking archival research, as well as hundreds of hours of interviews, The Good Company is a fascinating “From-the-deck” account of this important institution’s ships and crews: Capt. Charles Moody, the sea-wise Newfoundlander who pioneered routes into the “Jungles”; Arthur Jarvis, the “Black Mate” who wrestled obstinate loggers and pigs from the decks of the infamous Cassiar; the Cheslakee, the ill-fated vessel whose final death toll from its 1913 capsizing is still debated; Freddie Smith, the blue-blooded chief engineer whose heroic efforts saved several crippled Union ships; Boozy Capt. “Cappy” Yates and his ship, the gracious Lady Alex, a colourful duo who came to represent an era for a generation of Vancouverites.

Crisply written, and illustrated with a stunning array of rarely seen photos, The Good Company takes a close look at a bygone west coast institution – and finds in it the stuff of legend.