Damn the Torpedoes!: And More Tales of Liveaboard Life

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TouchWood Editions, 2003 - Humor - 180 pages
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Catherine Dook, one of the west coast's most entertaining writers, is back with a second collection of stories about liveaboard life. Nicknamed "the Dooks of Hazard" by their neighbours along the wharves, Catherine and her husband, John, have called the 44-foot sailboat, Inuksuk, home for four years now - and life isn't getting any calmer. One trip, the Dooks unwittingly sailed through a torpedo-testing range; later, their propeller shaft came apart as they approached a new wharf. Catherine gives more detail on the lives of her fellow dock dwellers, including Older-Than-Dirt Don, Ed the Bald and Stafford the Respectable, and gleefully describes the local pastimes such as interpreting the bird droppings on the decks.Just as warm and witty as her first collection of stories, "Darling Call the Coast Guard, We're on Fire Again!", Catherine's new volume is a welcome addition to any nautical bookshelf.
 

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Contents

The Fresh Breeze
13
Chef John
27
Date with Destiny
44
Happy Birthday
58
Back in the Bay
73
All of the Above
88
Message in a Bottle The Movie Revisited
94
Excitement on the Docks
107
The Children Came on Two by Two Hurrah
121
Mutiny Among the Mates
136
The Mystery of the Bilge
151
Not Funny
165
Looking Forward Looking Back
179
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About the author (2003)

Catherine Dook was born in the Arctic and taught school across the north. She had never seen a sailboat until she married John and stepped aboard one, embarking on a completely new lifestyle. Her stories have appeared in "Boat Journal" and "Nor'westing" magazines. She writes her witty column "Dock of the Bay" for "Boat Journal" and is also the author of "Damn the Torpedoes!: And More Tales of Liveaboard Life". Please visit cmdook.tripod.com.

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