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A society formed in 2009 for the purpose of collecting, preserving, celebrating, and disseminating the maritime history of the San Juan Islands and northern Puget Sound area. Check this log for tales from out-of-print publications as well as from members and friends. There are circa 500, often long entries, on a broad range of maritime topics; there are search aids at the bottom of the log. Please ask for permission to use any photo posted on this site. Thank you.

13 March 2016


 Following the Curve of Time
Cathy Converse
Touch Wood Editions (2008)
Surrey, B.C. and Custer, WA.
"The Curve of Time written by M. Wylie Blanchet is one of my favorite books so I am very pleased that Cathy Converse has written a terrific biography about "Capi" Blanchet--captain of the CAPRICE, adventurer, mother and unique individual.
      Following The Curve of Time is well written and researched by an author who has also explored by boat the inside passage waterways of British Columbia. Having done some boating myself around the Gulf Islands and Desolation Sound I am very impressed that Capi and her children overcame the challenges of having spent the whole summer cruising aboard a 25-foot motor boat with 1 adult, 5 children and a dog.
      It is a testament to the beauty of the B.C. coastal waters, the spirit of Capi and her children, that they returned to go cruising every summer, for 12 years. Capi's love and memory for those summers resulted in the classic The Curve of Time.
      The Cathy Converse book is a wonderful biography of Capi Blanchet and I think would be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates the beauty of the B.C. Coast. I enjoyed the pictures (some taken by Capi herself) and the First Nations information. There is also navigational information that boater's will enjoy, including the extreme tide and currents in some areas, requiring precise navigation. Capi had to contend with these, as do boaters in the area today.
      Thanks to Following the Curve of Time there is now a biography about the author of The Curve of Time. Now if only a movie could be made. Katharine Hepburn would have made a wonderful on-screen Capi. Gosh, how about Cate Blanchet in the starring role. Blanchet playing the role of Blanchet! That's a movie I would like to see."

      Five Star Book review by Joyce for Amazon Books, 25 May 2008

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