Flanker Press, a book publisher in Newfoundland, Canada, is pleased to announce its fifth 2001 release.
Sea Dogs and Skippers, edited by Garry Cranford, is a collection of 16 stories of the sea, written by Newfoundland and Labrador's premier storytellers.
Along the eastern shores of North America, savage storms have thrust sturdy ships and small boats upon the cliffs and shores of the continent.
From these events have come true stories of bravery by skippers and their sea dogs. Here are sixteen tales of salty heroism and tragedy by fourteen writers whose lives have been shaped by their experiences and knowledge of the North Atlantic.
Cassie Brown examines the myth surrounding the wreck of the SS Ethie, of a Newfoundland dog saving its crew. In "The Dog that Wasn't" and "Hero is a Fake!" she reveals the shocking truth about the day the Ethie was wrecked.
Rev. John Ellis Currey tells a tale of survival and triumph in the face of certain death in "The Castaway of Fish Rock." In "The Faroe Island Cap," Jack Feltham documents the history and ultimate demise of the sloop Coronet. Another shipwreck is described in Frank Galgay's "The Wreck of the SS Argo."
Arden Hall tells a moving story, "An Ill Wind Blows Some Good," of the residents of Black Tickle, Labrador and the heroism they exhibited when a Portuguese fishing ship sank nearby in 1980. Also involved in the rescue were the members of the Canadian Coast Guard, Unit 163, based at Gander International Airport.
Mike McCarthy's "The Wreck of the Sir John Harvey" tells of the loss of that vessel, and the haven its crew found in the community of Little Heart's Ease.
Robert C. Parsons, an admiral in the storytelling fleet, pays tribute to the sea in "Wreck of the Camilia" and "Saved by a Dream: Gallops of Codroy Valley."
After the success of his #1 best-selling Curse of the Red Cross Ring, Earl B. Pilgrim revisits the small town of L'Anse au Pigeon and the heroic Azariah Roberts during WWII in "Frank and the Beothic."
Rosalind (Wareham) Power details a tragic loss at St. John's harbour in "Three Pilots Lost off the Narrows."
"The Stranding of the SS Kristianiafjord" is expert mariner Joseph Prim's contribution.
Shannon Ryan, a professor at Memorial University and expert on the seal-fishery, tells the delightful tale of "The First Time Andy Short was Shipwrecked."
In "The Wreck of the MV Monica Hartery," newcomer Clarence Vautier relates the story of this Cape Broyle built coasting schooner.
The voice of Jim Wellman can be heard again in "Calvin Pierce," the story of four men from Harbour Breton who ventured out on an ordinary day that would turn out to be anything but.
Finally, Garry Cranford's "The Wreck of the Edward VII" describes the fate of the crew who left St. John's on a day-long trip, but ended up North Carolina and didn't get home for a month!