Author Tags: Fiction, Haida Gwaii, Maritime

A much-published freelance writer for sailing magazines, lifelong sailor Ross Westergaard was living on Denman Island when he published his "zesty" and "rollicking" adventures of Midshipman Eric Kirk of the Royal Navy in a novel called Midshipman Kirk (Horsdal & Schubart, 1993). The action is set on the coast of British Columbia during the 1880s when the screw corvette MHM Calcutta patrols the area, including the Queen Charlotte Islands. Westergaard also co-authored a writers' guide for the Pacific Northwest called The Upper Left-Hand Corner (Self-Counsel) and he wrote the text for a museum guide. He suffered a stroke in September of 1991, limiting his ability to complete a sequel to Midshipman Kirk.

[BCBW 2004] "Fiction" "QCI" "Maritime"