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Table of contents from Raincoast Chronicles 18

Introduction Howard White
Pisces Ascending: The Little Sub that Could Tom Henry and Ken Dinsley
In the early 1960s, when Al Trice, Don Sorte and Mack Thomson went shopping for a submersible for their seat-of-the-pants diving and salvage business, they discovered that corporate giants like Grumman, Lockheed, Westinghouse Electric and General Dynamics were spending millions to develop commercial subs, but none was close to being on the market. With no capital and less experience, Trice, Sorte and Thomson's answer was to build their own.

Svendson and the Tax Man Dick Hammond
In about 1919, when an official of the federal government arrives in Pender Harbour looking to collect taxes from an A-frame logger, he gets a lot more than he bargained for. More gumboot hijinks from master storyteller Dick Hammond, author of Tales From Hidden Basin.

Who Shot Estevan Light? A Traditionalist Returns Fire Douglas Hamilton
There is no doubt that someone shelled BC's tallest lighthouse in 1942. Some say it was a Japanese submarine. Others suggest it was a covert operation undertaken by the federal government to unite Canada behind the war effort. Lasqueti Island writer Douglas Hamilton says they're all wet.

Light at the End of the World: Cape St. James, 1941 Hallvard Dahlie
For sixteen-year-old Hal Dahlie, it was either stay in town and scrape barnacles or take a stint at the coast's most isolated light station with an old keeper who was more than a little strange. Dahlie chose the light and is still talking about it 50 years later.

Claus Carl Daniel Botel, West Coast Patriarch Ruth Botel
Claus Botel found things very different than advertised when he arrived at his homestead on northern Vancouver Island in 1913, with his wife, nine children (one a newborn infant) and all their belongings.

Booting the Big Ones Home: Log Barging on the BC Coast, 1922-1998 David R. Conn
For years, rough seas kept coastal loggers from getting some of the best wood to the mills. But gradually, they found a way.

His World Turned Upside-Down Duane Noyes
"The rusty iron crypt in which he was imprisoned now lay fifty feet deep in the frigid waters of Neroutsos Inlet, and the only way out - if there was a way out - was down." A survivor's account of what it feels like to have a 2,200-ton log barge turn over on top of you.

They Don't Make 'Em Any More Department: Fisherman Hank McBride Michael Skog
McBride recalls the 1930s and '40s at Namu where romances blossomed, booze flowed, and fighting was an integral part of life during the golden days of the mid-coast canneries.

Under Fire and Under Pressure: West Coast Shipbuilders in World War II Vickie Jensen with Arthur McLaren
The steel shipbuilding industry in British Columbia has undergone plenty of ups and downs, but the most powerful impact on the industry was World War 11. In 1941, Arthur McLaren went to work at West Coast Shipbuilders in False Creek. He was one of 25,000 British Columbians involved in building 225 10,000 ton steel "Fort" and "Park" freighters for the war effort. He recalls those days in this collaborative work with marine writer Vickie Jensen.