Passage on the Cardena

Passage on the Cardena

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Book - 2012
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In the summer of 1930, fifteen-year-old Matthew Clayton's mother dies, leaving him alone in Vancouver. Using the Union Steamship ticket she gave him, he sets out in search of his father, who is logging somewhere on the rugged West Coast. Matt boards the SS Cardena and begins an incredible voyage up the Inside Passage and through the isolated coastal communities the ship services.

On board he befriends fellow passengers Monica James and the high rigger Will Cameron, both intent on finding a new life, and Emily Carr, a soon-to-be-famous painter searching for a new direction in her art. What each of them finds comes as a surprise as they journey aboard the legendary steamship Cardena .

Publisher: [Victoria, BC] : TouchWood Editions, c2012.
ISBN: 9781927129333
Characteristics: 217 p. ;,19 cm.


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LaughingOne Mar 08, 2013

This is a thoroughly enjoyable read, about life aboard a steamship in 1930, traveling the Inside Passage from Vancouver to Prince Rupert. We get to know several of the passengers and crew, from a 15-year-old boy whose mother has just died and he is now looking for his logger father, to the ship's captain, to a relatively unknown Emily Carr and her dog. Mel Dagg does a good job portraying a time now gone. I loved the times one of the characters had a realization that what was happening then that was commonplace, like strip logging, was not very good for the land, of learning about the man and his wife who lived on the land with no money but they were rich in many other ways. And then there is the adventure of working on a steamship in the perilous channels of the Inside Passage. If you are interested in our West Coast and Vancouver Island history, this novel is well worth reading.

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