Paperback, 222 pages, b&w photos
ISBN 10: 1-897317-20-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-897317-20-4
Fishing is still the deadliest occupation in the country, and despite new and modern life-saving technology and better boats, the fatality rate in the industry is the same as it was twenty years ago. A whopping 70% of search and rescue calls are from fishing vessels in distress. For the past ten years, fisheries journalist Jim Wellman has documented the stories of some of the thousands of fishing people who have died in Atlantic Canada on small inshore fishing vessels. In Final Voyages Volume III, Wellman tells thirty-one riveting stories of the most courageous people that ever battled the merciless northwest Atlantic Ocean.
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 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.
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