Sunday, July 30, 2006

The Narrows

We head north tomorrow into some wild geography, and first we must transit the Narrows. Seymour Narrows is one big, mean place in the passage between the Discovery Islands and the Vancouver Island shore. The waterway is constricted here to less than half a mile in width, causing the ebb and flow of the tide to reach alarming speeds – up to 14 knots of current. This is sobering now, but must have been terrifying when Ripple Rock sat in the middle of the narrows. Ships often were swept onto Ripple Rock until the 1958 when, as the photo above shows, it was blown sky high by 2.75 million pounds of dynamite. You can watch footage of the explosion at this Canadian Broadcasting website.


Anonymous Rob said...

Very cool.

July 31, 2006 7:19 AM  
Anonymous Rob said...

Seems to be one very nasty spot of narrowing midway north and west of Quardra Island. This google earth is great.

July 31, 2006 11:47 AM  

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