"From the Wheelhouse: Tugboaters Tell Their Own Stories"
From the Wheelhouse: Tugboaters Tell Their Own Stories
by Doreen Armitage
About the Book
Used Book. Paperback. Good condition
-- From the back
“We couldn’t’ cut a hole in the bottom of the boat or it would go down as soon as the air came out. The only thing we could do was hope to hold it up and get a diver to go inside, a pretty risky move. The guy inside kept hammering away. It was a horrible feeling.”
- Retired tugboat skipper Cyril Andrews recalls the sinking of the Unimak
Life on the West Coast without tugboats is hard to imagine – and many a mariner in trouble can thank the stalwart tugs for life itself. From the Wheelhouse captures the ins and outs of working in this underappreciated but essential industry: relentless tides, wild weather, breakaway barges, the practical jokes, the joy of a successful rescue and the agony of a failed attempt.
Author and historian Doreen Armitage interviewed 17 old-time tugboat captains, engineers and deckhands to assemble this intimate and often hair-raising account of life aboard BC tugs. Generously illustrated with archival photos and images from the personal collections of the skippers who appear within its pages, From the Wheelhouse is a lively personal account of towboating in BC and an engaging portrait of the coastal characters and vessels that shaped this region’s maritime history.