Our Friend Joe - 9781553801467

Un libro in lingua di Smith Lisa Anne Barbara Rogers edito da Small Pr Distribution, 2012

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When a young black man named Seraphim Joe Fortes arrived in Vancouver in 1885, with little to his name, no one could possibly have suspected that one hundred years later he would be voted Citizen of the Century. Our Friend Joe is the first biography of the West Indian sailor who became a local legend, saving lives and teaching three generations of Vancouver children how to swim. Joes rise to fame began in Liverpool, when a midnight race across the Mersey River with fellow members of the Secret Daredevil Club established his reputation as a swimmer of extraordinary talent. In the years ahead, he would sail around Cape Horn, shine shoes, tend bars, and rescue a mother and child from the Great Vancouver Fire. On a chance rowboat ride, he would find his perfect place in English Bay, where the untold story truly begins to evolve. In 1900, after years of volunteering, Joe was officially hired by the City of Vancouver as lifeguard, swimming instructor and special constable of English Bay beach. Colourful, often poignant details chronicle Joes many adventures both on and off shore, along with his deeply personal relationship with the people of Vancouver. On February 7, 1922, after decades of Joes exemplary service, thousands of mourners lined Vancouver streets to bid farewell to their friend Joe. His legacy continues today, with one of Vancouvers libraries named after him. Part of the proceeds from this biography are being donated to the Lifesaving Society/Socit de Sauvetage du Canada.

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