Yes, we’re all told not to judge a book by its cover, but so many people buy a book by its cover art.
I’m lucky to have had an artist in the family who could paint the cover for Tin-Can Canucks, but as much as I have tried to limit my need for rights-managed images there were two images I knew I wanted to bookend the manuscript.
Only five years old, and facing the prospect of German U-boats in Canadian waters—and without destroyers for protection—the Royal Canadian Navy set about acquiring private yachts for use as patrol and escort vessels. One of these was a 202 foot steam turbine yacht by the name of Winchester. To avoid running up against the American’s neutrality, several Canadian yacht owners privately purchased boats from Americans and then traded them to the RCN. This is the manner in which Grisle came to fly the white ensign in 1915.