We were traveling from Nanaimo to Prince Rupert aboard the Andrea Marie. My two buddies, Gene Allen and Norm Larson were accompanying me. The trip north required the crossing of Queen Charlotte Sound a notorious stretch of open Pacific ocean that can be very stormy. The evening we set out to cross the sound was calm and peaceful so we set out to make a late evening crossing. It was not long before we were caught in gale force winds and for at least four hours we thought our lives would end out there on the sea in the darkness.
By 0400 in the morning we had reached the safety of Rivers Inlet with a new hold on life. That evening is one I'll never forget as the worst storm at sea I have ever encountered in my 69 years of life. We continued on our ocean voyage along the beautiful Inside Passage. There was an inlet that were were cruising through, the sky was a soft grey with a light rain falling to the mirrored surface of the waters. It was one of those magical moments for me where all the land was a soft grey with the hint of green and blue. I was reminded of a line from one of my favorite poems, Sea Fever, by John Masefield, "A grey mist on the sea's face, and a grey dawn breaking".
I am blessed to have two friends who shared a journey that was terrifying and beautiful. We survived a storm few have experienced and continue our journey as friends and survivors.
I am thankful to my friends Norm Larson and Gene Allen who helped me survive a stormy Queen Charlotte Sound.
A Grey Mist is dedicated to friendships that are deepened through experiences on the sea.
Artist: Roy Henry Vickers
Image Size: 19" x 27"
Edition Size: 90