It stirred him to examine the tragedy that saw 12 students and an inexperienced teacher from St. John's School drown on the first day of a canoe trip to James Bay. Photo: Canadian Press Deep Waters.
By James Raffan. Harper Flamingo Canada.
ISBN: Jim Raffan continues his evolution into the premier writer on wilderness canoe-related matters with the publication of his latest book, Deep Waters. The drowning of 12 young students and a teacher was a huge story 24 years ago. It is quite amazing that no one had taken up that narrative. We can be thankful that Raffan did as there is a touching and sobering story to be told in the loss of those St. As usual, research is the solid foundation upon which Raffan built his Deep Waters story.
Indeed, he tells us that the newspaper picture of some of the bodies covered up on a dock, continues to haunt him. We have published two pictures from that time - there are none in the book, nor are they missed. One sort of has the feeling the author would like to cry out against what happened. But revenge is a dish best eaten cold, and Raffan lays out the whole picture, with little editorial comment, in a methodical and entertaining manner. He carefully and thoroughly constructs the story of St.
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