From the blog…
“The author was born at home during a violent Pacific storm. His journey takes you through the turbulent war years to the mid 1960’s. Lawrence was a child growing up and living in poverty on the wild coast of Western Canada. You will experience the freedom associated with his unusual lifestyle. The story takes place at a time in history when the economy of the great depression had shifted to a new prosperity. Old ways of harvesting timber and commercial fishing for a meagre living were becoming more modern and economically viable. Meet the interesting characters who shared life with the author during these changing times. Go to sea with the crews of various vessels as they sail the oceans and lakes of North America from the boiling tropics to the frozen seas of Alaska. Share in the tragedies of lost ship mates and the excitement of discovering new ports of call as Lawrence travels through the stormy Pacific, Atlantic and islands of the Caribbean.”
Child of the Storm is available through Amazon.com.
Lawrence is also the owner of Deep Bay Marina located on Vancouver Island between the Comox Valley and Qualicum Beach. This marina is often missed by cruisers in the Strait of Georgia, but it is a pretty marina and a great refuge when a southeaster blows up in the Strait. Many boats have been blown out of Tribune Bay at the south end of Hornby Island by strong winds and had to seek shelter at Deep Bay. There is limited reciprocal moorage available through the Deep Bay Yacht Club.
A government dock also exists at Deep Bay and both marinas are accessed by a shared pier. This is oyster farm country, so the government dock is a hub of activity for local oysters farmers. In late February, the commercial herring fleet start to congregate here waiting for herring season to open.
On-shore amenities include a stall shower, washrooms and the best fish and chips in the area at the Ship and Shore operated by Patti and Steve Biro. The cafe also offers a great breakfast and other fare plus, basic boating amenities including charts. Ship and Shore operates a small RV park on their property, so Deep Bay is a great place to rendezvous with family travelling Vancouver Island by RV.
If you visit Deep Bay marina, be sure to say “hi” to Lawrence for me.