Reads OnBoard: Whales of Lake Erie

eBook Cover

Dec 17, 2020

eBook CoverIt’s a voyage everyone wants to undertake, but few get to make. 

The Whales of Lake Erie is the diary of a trip Canadian author and photographer, Bruce Kemp, made in the late summer of 2000 aboard the Canadian Leader – last of the traditional Great Lakes fore-aft’ers built in Canada at the Collingwood yard.

Whales of Lake ErieA combination of facts, observations and the stories told by the sailors – from captain to cadet – it is a portrait of life aboard a Great Lakes freighter and rare examination of that peculiar maritime culture. As an award-winning journalist, Kemp took a lot of time to include specific facts regarding the Seaway trade and the construction of the ship, but there was more that drew him in. Each sailor has his own tale and what results is a very human and sometimes outrageously funny travel book that focuses around the Lake. Btw, whales is a metaphor – no real ones in Lake Erie.

Bruce Kemp Bio






Bruce’ first book was “Weather Bomb 1913: Life and Death on the Great Lakes” which appeared in 2017. He has also written a novel about the Civil War and Underground Railroad: The Fugitive’s Son. His upcoming marine book deals with the history of navigation and he has a science fiction and a detective novel in the works.

You can buy Whales of Lake Erie at and soon at Amazon and others.

Neptunus 650F Review

Neptunus 650F 400

By Andy Adams

Over the years Canadian Yachting has had the pleasure of doing several boat review articles on new Neptunus models and we are familiar with the qualities that Neptunus is famous for. They have all been exceptional yachts, but this is the one I would most want to own myself. It’s a personal choice and a matter of taste as to whether you would prefer to have a sedan express model or a flybridge but in my opinion, the flybridge layout offers some wonderful attributes.

We met with Neptunus Managing Director Jan Willem De Jong this past fall to take the new Neptunus 650F out in Lake Ontario. 

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The Other Virgin Islands

Sunset off St John

By Mark Stevens

I was first seduced by the United States Virgin Islands during a ferry ride from St. Thomas to Tortola to begin one of our earliest British Virgin Islands charters nearly twenty years ago.

A perfect sunset off St. John with St. Thomas views for backdrop.

Clearing Pillsbury Sound, surrounded by voluptuous emerald mountains as the ferry sliced through royal blue waters, I was struck by the unspoiled ambiance of St. John, the island gliding past our starboard beam and the irresistible charm of a village called Cruz Bay visible from our quarter stern.

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