Shipwreck author signs books at Alberni store

Maritime historian and author Rick James is signing books at Curious Coho in Port Alberni on Friday, Nov. 4.

Maritime historian and author Rick James, author of Raincoast Chronicles 21: West Coast Wrecks and Other Maritime Tales (Harbour Publishing, $24.95) will be signing books at Curious Coho in Port Alberni on Friday, Nov. 4 at 12 p.m.

James’s book recounts the experiences of unique coastal characters and reveals a number of mysteries—such as how a parking lot in Comox came to be home to the anchor of the King David, a windjammer that was driven into the Bajo Reef off Nootka Island in 1905, taking eight lives.

West Coast Wrecks and Other Maritime Tales is a pivotal book that makes a major part of B.C.’s maritime history accessible. Its tales of disaster at sea serve as a written memorial to all those whose bones lie on the bottom of one of the most treacherous stretches of coastline anywhere on the planet.

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