Автор: Rogers Barbara, Smith Lisa Anne Название: Our Friend Joe: The Joe Fortes Story ISBN: 1553801466 ISBN-13(EAN): 9781553801467 Издательство: Gazelle Book Services Рейтинг: Цена: 1916 р. Наличие на складе: Невозможна поставка.
Описание: When a young black man named Seraphim "Joe" Fortes arrived in Vancouver in 1885, with little to his name, no one could possibly have suspected that one hundred years later he would be voted "Citizen of the Century". This is the first biography of the West Indian sailor who became a local legend, saving lives and teaching three generations of Vancouver children how to swim. Joes rise to fame began in Liverpool, when a midnight race across the Mersey River with fellow members of the Secret Daredevil Club established his reputation as a swimmer of extraordinary talent. In the years ahead, he would sail around Cape Horn, shine shoes, tend bars, and rescue a mother and child from the Great Vancouver Fire. On a chance rowboat ride, he would find his "perfect place" in English Bay, where the untold story truly begins to evolve. In 1900, after years of volunteering, Joe was officially hired by the City of Vancouver as lifeguard, swimming instructor and special constable of English Bay beach. Colourful, often poignant details chronicle Joes many adventures both on and off shore, along with his deeply personal relationship with the people of Vancouver. On 7 February 1922, after decades of Joes exemplary service, thousands of mourners lined Vancouver streets to bid farewell to their friend Joe. His legacy continues today, with one of Vancouvers libraries named after him. Part of the proceeds from this biography are being donated to the Lifesaving Society/Societe de Sauvetage du Canada.
Автор: Smith Lisa Anne Название: Vancouver Is Ashes: The Great Fire of 1886 ISBN: 1553803205 ISBN-13(EAN): 9781553803201 Издательство: Gazelle Book Services Рейтинг: Цена: 1838 р. Наличие на складе: Есть у поставщика Поставка под заказ.
Описание: On the morning of 13 June 1886, a rogue wind fanned the flames of a small clearing fire -- and within five hours, the newly incorporated city of Vancouver, British Columbia, had been reduced to smouldering ash. This is the first detailed exploration of what happened on that pivotal, yet seldom revisited day in the history of Canadas third-largest city. Lisa Anne Smith tells the story with numerous archival photographs. She uses eye-witness accounts to describe flames sweeping down wooden sidewalks "faster than a man could run", houses that were constructed of freshly milled lumber, which virtually exploded in the onslaught, as well as hair-breadth escapes of Vancouver citizens from all walks of life. She records how two businessmen lying face-down in a patch of gravel bid each other goodbye, while a young married couple cling to a makeshift raft, and a mother and her children cower in fear beneath a stable blanket in a shallow ditch. Strange, often unlikely stories emerge in the aftermath, such as the pile of ice discovered amidst the burned out wreckage and the near-miraculous survival of a downtown hotel. Ramifications of the catastrophe that continued into the days, months and years following are examined, resulting in some surprisingly positive, as well as negative conclusions. Part proceeds from sales of Vancouver is Ashes are being donated to the Vancouver Firefighters Charitable Society.
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