Edge of the Sound: Memoirs of a West Coast Log Salvager

Edge of the Sound: Memoirs of a West Coast Log Salvager

by Jo Hammond

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When 25-year-old Jo climbed down the ramp of the freighter Canadian Star to set foot in Vancouver, BC, in the summer of 1967, she’d never heard of log salvaging. But within two and a half years, the immigrant from England would quit her teaching job and join forces with one of the most enigmatic salvagers of the Sunshine Coast. Dick and Jo Hammond spent a life together chasing logs, rescuing boaters in distress, and raising their two children in BC’s log salvaging mecca, Howe Sound.

Combining Dick’s guidance and her stubborn nature to master all challenges, Jo learned to maneuver their salvage boat, drive dogs and tie knots, sing arias to the sea lions and suckle her child while chasing rogue logs.

Edge of the Sound is both a love story and a tale of adventure between a man with an uncommonly high IQ who found his niche behind the wheel of a salvaging boat and a young woman searching for her own place in the world. Their bond was the risk of the wild and unpredictable sea, classical music, the beauty of the natural west coast and the rise and fall of tides that help and hinder their hunt for logs that have escaped between forest and mill. As they work against the forces of nature, Jo Hammond learns to change and she learns to “expect the unexpected.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927575796
Publisher: Caitlin Press
Publication date: 12/15/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 843 KB

About the Author

Before immigrating to the Sunshine Coast, Jo Hammond was a dairy farmer, a school teacher and a member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir. She is an accomplished singer and performer and has a University Diploma in secondary education. She began her writing career as typist and editor for her husband, the author Dick Hammond, when he refused to lay his hands on a typewriter. Eventually Jo turned her attention to her own stories, writing articles for the local newspapers and then novels for young readers. Her first book, Home Before Dark, was published by Orca Book Publishers in 2005. She lives in Gibsons, BC.

Table of Contents

The Ocean Calls 9

Comet over the Sound 23

Jet Boat Ride 29

Gibsons 38

Mount Elphinstone 46

My First Morning Round 55

The Docking Lesson 71

Dog Damage 80

Thieves and Violence 83

Monkeys and Boxcars 93

Fishing and Hunting 105

Seal Songs 120

The Hammonds' Christmas 129

Sammy's Advice 138

Fall Adventures 144

Monsters and Ignoramuses 152

The Big Squamish Log Spill 159

Jim and Hidden Basin 178

Loud Voices and Towing with Baby 185

The Move 195

Winter Storm 215

Parenting 219

Red against Blue 223

To Choose What We Want 231

Searching 235

Booming 241

Gathering the Tows 246

Epilogue 257

Acknowledgements 272

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