Fisherman, trapper, logger and all-round West Coast guru Bill Proctor is the authority on the Broughton Archipelago-the area between northern Vancouver Island and the mainland that's named after Captain William Broughton who accompanied Captain Vancouver in the 1790s. He was born at Port Neville on October 13, 1934 in a cabin near the Port Neville Store. A month later he moved with his parents to Freshwater Bay on Swanson Island where he was raised for the next twenty-one years.

Proctor's colourful Full Moon, Flood Tide (Harbour $24.95) describes the archipelago's history, wildlife, harbours, moorings, peculiar local terms and customs, and its most memorable characters such as Fritz Salem, renowned for making the best 'corn likker.' Proctor's co-author was illustrator and artist Yvonne Maximchuk. The pair later collaborated for Tide Rips and Back Eddies - Bill Proctor's Tales of Blackfish Sound (Harbour 2015).

As well, with the 'Whale Lady' Alexandra Morton, Proctor earlier wrote Heart of the Raincoast: A Life Story (Horsdal & Schubart, 1999), a 'warts 'n' all' memoir of his many years on the coast. After Morton's husband died, she and her four-year-old son stayed at Echo Bay and she took a job as a seasick, greenhorn deckhand on Billy Proctor's fishboat. Then Maximchuk spent eight years as his deckhand.

BOOKS:

Heart of the Raincoast: A Life Story (Horsdal & Schubart, 1999). With Alexandra Morton

Full Moon, Flood Tide (Harbour Publishing, 2003). With Yvonne Maximchuk

Tide Rips and Back Eddies - Bill Proctor's Tales of Blackfish Sound (Harbour $24.95). 978-1-55017-725-1 With Yvonne Maximchuk

[BCBW 2015] "Maritime"