Here is a sampling of Canadas long and exciting history of human endeavor on broad waters. Stories that capture the spirit of our past afloat range from the west to eastern coasts and the frozen waters of the Arctic to the treacherous expanses of the worlds largest freshwater lake system. Canadian sea novelist Victor Suthren has gathered together tales, brief or not so brief, from the time of the First Nations to the present day. There are glimpses of the gracious tranquility of Edwardian yachting and the bloodsoaked horror of sailing-ship broadside battles; terror and triumph in the face of war or the seas fury; the tenacious labour of drawing a living from the sea; the careers of special ships winning through with cargoes or racing victories for the profits of their owners or the pride of the nation. And Suthrens bridging narrative links these stories and vignettes by a silken thread.