The Red River Expedition of 1870

“Much is written of Canada’s take-over of the Red River Settlement in 1870 but little about the 1st expeditionary force to slog through wilderness to get there. Paul McNicholl’s (l.) reveals the details.FULL STORY

 

 

Superstitious sailors

April 21st, 2022

Sailor, artist and author R. Bruce Macdonald worked on a tall ship when he was a young man. It was a good introduction to the power of superstitions over sailors. The tall ship ran into bad weather with waves “the size of houses.” Things only got worse when the ship’s figurehead was torn off by the storm. The captain vowed to find the problem and began searching the ship. With an “Aha, I’ve got you now,” he pulled out an umbrella, broke it over his knee and threw it overboard. “A few hours later the wind shifted, the seas calmed and we began to make progress,” writes Macdonald in his nautical reference book, Never say P*g: The Book of Sailor’s Superstitions (Harbour $22.95). According to sailor lore, “umbrellas are for use in foul weather ashore, as they are impractical on a ship; bringing one on board is thought to tempt fate and to bring on a storm.” Recommended for all sailors. 9781550179798

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

  • About Us

    BC BookLook is an independent website dedicated to continuously promoting the literary culture of British Columbia.