Monday, July 31, 2006

The Strait

The Strait, originally uploaded by macatay.

Chameleon Bay, Sonora Island, B.C.
Now that we are through the Narrows, there is the Strait. The Johnstone Strait is a fifty-four mile passage bordered by tall mountains on either side. It is straight, and consequently is a famous wind tunnel where nasty, choppy seas build rapidly when the wind meets the tidal current. Quiet this evening, though, as the photo shows, and hopefully quiet tomorrow.
Strait is a good word, but I like straits even better. As in Dire Straits. I always said "the Johnstone Straits", or "the Straits of Georgia". I looked up 'strait' in The Sailor's Word Book, a fussy old book in our library written by an Admiral named Smyth in 1867. He says: "The word is often written in the plural, but without competent reason." Imagine that - ruled incompetent by an old sailor dead more than a century.


Anonymous Rob said...

A quote from George Strait...
"They call me the fireman....that's my name...runnin' 'round all over town puttin' out old flames"

August 01, 2006 4:04 AM  
Blogger Owen said...

I like the addition of the Lat/Long to the posts.

August 01, 2006 11:14 AM  

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