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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

ABC of Boats

I am returning to the new series of  ABC Wednesday and we start with "A" as you can see my contribution is in boats and docks. This is round 10 of Mrs. Nesbitt's great idea. This lovely boat was snapped at the dock in Cowichan Bay about a week ago ...I like the color and it had the appropriate A name too.  What luck!  It was a warm sunny day before the snow. (I found the new Ruby Tuesday 2 so I will try to link in to them also.)
Then a few days ago we were at the dock in Sooke harbour and I realized that I was on the "A" section.  So snapped that also.  John Muir's historical notes state that the correct spelling of the Sooke harbour should be Soke after the Soke tribe.  Probably an Anglicized version of the actual  tribal name.
Muir says that the Soke tribe was the most hardy tribe on the coast and no individual tribe would meddle with them until in 1848 three other coastal tribes joined and nearly wiped out the Soke.  The name the First Nations of this area now is written as T'Sou-ke and they have many wonderful cultural traditions.
The Sooke inlet was surveyed in 1846 by Captain Henry Kellet of the vessel Herald and the spelling of the name of the harbour was adapted as Sooke.  That is what we call it today.  Hope you like the boats. Well that is it and hope to see more of the ABC Wednesday group.  We have a lot of snow here and plan to get some of my shots of it in soon.


  1. Why does that A sign make me smile?

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  2. Anonymous12:52 am

    Love taking pictures in the dock. Its never static !!

    Pheno, ABCW Team

  3. Anonymous1:03 am

    Love docs. They are so never static but different everytime u look at them.. Not sure if my earlier comment was recorded. Commenting again

    Pheno, ABCW Team

  4. What lovely pictures, it is like having a tour of the place. When we first went to the US in 1962, we landed in Montreal, Canada, it was icy and we had never seen ice in Sicily so we were slipping all over, it was scary but fun. I love Canada, in 1970 I took an intensive Russian language summer course at the university of Toronto, it was so much fun. I am following you from Rome, Italy.

  5. Looks like a beautiful day for almost anything!! Loving the RED boats!!

  6. AWESOME! Are you sticking with the Boat theme all the way through? If so, let me know. I'm trying to keep track of all the ABC Wednesday participants who are doing themes. I think our theme this round will be "causes."

  7. Hi, great post and wonderful photos. I love the color. I also enjoyed learning about the Sooke inlet and the background story and history. Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. It's nice to go f for a ride in there.

    Angel's Marching, hope you can come by, thanks!

    I am now your blog's follower.

  9. Anonymous8:40 am

    Hi, this blog is very usefull and i like this blog so much.ill share this blog on my facebook page.

  10. Red boats are the best--of course!


    Boy in bright red shorts,
    With a shirt of blue,
    Strolling on the Malecón —
    I wish I were you;

    Carefree and content,
    Nothing much to do,
    Chillin’ in your bright red shorts
    And your shirt of blue.

    © 2012 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Child of the Huichol

  11. Anonymous12:06 pm

    хорошее начало

  12. Arctic Fox is a great name for a boat, love all the red in the harbour. How often the cartographer changes the name in places all over the world, so interesting

  13. Following you back. What a lovely blog you have and your photos are excellent. Nice to meet you!

  14. thanks to all the comments they are appreciated.
    хорошее начало Thanks anonymous commenter...This translated means "A Good Start!" Good to check your spam now and then as we have many people from around the world.
    Hello Greensboro Daily...I will probably do a lot of boats for ABC but never can stay within the restrictions of a theme.
    Hi Francesca I follow you.

  15. That is a big, red boat! Cool:)

    Visiting for RT 2! Here's my share- hope you can stop by:)


  16. Love the dock photos and the post before this one is very interesting.

  17. ahh the sea and the boat. i wonder when can i smell and ride one someday... :) My "A" for ABC Wednesday.

  18. thanks everyone for taking the time to put a comment on here. Bloggers are kind.


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