Born on March 16, 1929 in Vancouver, Richard (Dick) Hammond lived on the Sunshine Coast all his life. Self-educated and extremely well-read, he worked as a handlogger and a timber cruiser's helper, and was a self-employed log salvor from 1955 until his retirement at age 1998. He began to write in 1995.

In addition to his three books, he was a contributor to Raincoast Chronicles Eleven Up, Raincoast Chronicles 17 and Raincoast Chronicles 18. In 2000 his book Haunted Waters [1999] was shortlisted for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Book Prize for best book about BC.

All his books concern coastal lore, mostly true stories that he originally heard from his father. Towards the end of his writing career he was looking for a publisher for compendium of thought and study, "The Immortality Hypothesis--Death: the End, or the Beginning?"

Dick Hammond died at dawn, September, 10, 2008, with the falling tide, leaving his wife, Jo, their two children, Patricia and Erik, and his three cats.

CITY/TOWN: Gibsons, BC

EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: Blacksmith's helper, trapper, timber cruiser, hand-logger, log salvor.

AWARDS: "Haunted Waters" nominated for Roderick Haig-Brown prize 1999


"A Touch of Strange" (Harbour 2001)
"Haunted Waters" (Harbour 1999)
"Tales from Hidden Basin" (Harbour 1996)

[BCBW 2008] "Local History"