The fishing industry in Atlantic Canada has gone through massive change in the last twenty years. Now, even small inshore vessels are outfitted with fishing equipment that would astound those mariners who passed on just a generation ago.
But still, despite the incredible advances in technology, dozens of fishermen continue to die each year doing what they know best. Simply put, fishing is still one of the most dangerous professions in the world.
In Final Voyages: Volume II Jim Wellman portrays the stories of some of those tragic events, along with other accounts of near-death experiences that finished with happier endings.
About the Author:
Jim Wellman grew up in Port Anson, a small fishing and logging community on Newfoundland’s northeast coast. The son of a schooner captain, Jim never strayed far from his marine roots despite choosing a career in journalism. For fifteen years, Jim was host of the popular radio program The Fisheries Broadcast on CBC Radio in Newfoundland. As part of that career stint, Jim became friends with one of Newfoundland’s most famous marine sons, Morrissey Johnson.
After taking an early retirement from the radio business in 1997, Jim turned off the microphone and picked up a pen. He wrote three books with marine connections, including Final Voyages, Volume I in 2002. His first book, The Broadcast, detailed the history of what is believed to be North America’s oldest daily radio show, The Fisheries Broadcast. In 1999, Jim’s second book, Lighthouse People, kept him close to the ocean again as he chronicled stories of people who lived and worked in lighthouses around Newfoundland and Labrador for many generations. Final Voyages, Volume II is his fourth, and most recent, book.
Jim has been contracted by several agencies and corporations such as Marine Atlantic, the Canadian Sealers Association and Heritage Canada to draw from his marine knowledge, particularly in the fishing industry. In November 2002, Jim became managing editor of the Navigator Magazine, Atlantic Canada’s premier fisheries and marine magazine. He holds that same position today.