Friday, October 21, 2011
The Real Deal, Bill Proctor
One of the highlights of cruising BC this summer was meeting a man of many talents, Bill Proctor. If you visit Echo Bay, then you are probably going to go see Billy's Museum.
A short walk through the woods will get you there. We could have gone by dinghy, but any chance to walk in this water world is not to be missed. Just past the abandon school house his home sits above a nice cove where he docks his boat.
There is a haulout where a fisherman was working on his prop. Bill showed us around the museum and there was a book store. He has co-author a couple of books, "Full Moon, Flood Tide" and "The Heart of the Raincoast; A Life Story". We purchased these and he autographed them for us. The first book allowed us to get a little history of each bay, cove and inlet as we dropped anchor. Logging, gold prospectors, fisherman, murder and mayhem. From the 30's on, it is a great read on the hard life and the rewards of living in a world where boats are the only means of practical transportation. Link here for Bill's take on the Ahta River. One of our favorite anchorages on the Bond Sound.
Thanks Bill, we sure enjoyed our visit.