Ian has always been a multifaceted individual, a person who, when confronted with a challenge or a new interest, did not hesitate to learn a new skill. He is described by family and friends as a “renaissance man”. As a young man, he defied the norms and bought a fishing boat and fished the BC coast. After university, he tried his hand at construction, where he learned pipefitting and metal working, then worked in pulp mills where he obtained his steam engineering time and other operating skills. Later, working as an environmental technologist, he attended night school to obtain his certification as an engineering technician. When he decided to sail the coast with his family, he built a sailboat and studied navigation to meet that challenge. Ian has been writing for many years, mainly travel stories, marine articles and historical fiction. He has lived and sailed the B.C. coast most of his life, adding to his knowledge of local marine lore and historical details. He now lives with his wife Diana near their grandchildren in Tsawwassen, a coastal community in South Delta about twenty-five miles south of Vancouver. More than thirty years of work in the environmental industry and international travel and languages has provided him with a wealth of detail and experience to write about the subjects covered in this book.
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