Dr. Kenneth Macrae Leighton, former head of anaesthesia at the University of British Columbia Hospital, was born in 1925 in Barbados but grew up and took his medical training in Scotland. He practised medicine in many countries around the world and in a number of communities in British Columbia. In the early 1990s, at age 66, he rowed a hand-built jollyboat from Vancouver's Jericho Beach up B.C.'s west coast to Prince Rupert. Oar and Sail (Creekstone 1999) is his account of that trip. Dr. Leighton died in 1998.

[Other rowing feats: Betty Lowman Carey twice rowed by herself from Puget Sound to the Queen Charlotte Islands and described her first solo, two-month journey in 1937 in Bijaboji (Harbour, 2004). In the summer of 1983, her journey was emulated by retired couple Pete and Nancy Ashenfelter who rowed from Lopez Island, Washington all the way to Ketchikan, Alaska in a 17-foot open dory. Rowing between eight and 16 hours per day, they completed their 750-mile trip in two-and-a-half months. They published Row to Alaska: By Wind and Oar (New York: Anderson Publishing, 1994).]

[BCBW 2005] "Maritime"

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Oar and Sail: An Odyssey of the West Coast