Category: wooden boats


Without revealing too much of the plot, I do want to post some photos of Old Quebec where I introduce a new character. Takoda and this potential “customer” meet at an outdoor restaurant at Place Royale.

This is the historic site where Samuel de Champlain founded the City of Québec in 1608. The perfectly restored houses that surround Place Royale have become restaurants with patios and stores that sell souvenirs, crafts, and more.

I’ve included a photo of Notre Dame des Victoires Church, also located at Place Royale>

Takoda is there to meet a contact who might hire him to restore one of the historic “Little Boats of Dunkirk” which assisted in the evacuation of Dunkirk during World War II. There are a few historic photos added here.

The chance to restore the boat and Takoda’s new “friend” give the plot a major twist.

I actually visited Old Quebec with our granddaughter who is the model I used on the covers of the three novels.

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Mackinac Island Shoreline Docks

While reading “Discovered – the Cross of Lorraine” some fans have had

difficulty picturing the coal dock where Takoda has his workshop.  The above photo

focuses on the Arnold Dock below Fort Mackinac. The coal dock is to the left, just out of sight.

View of coal dock in winter

This winter shot was taken from the Arnold Dock – looking toward the Coal Dock.

Of course it is all fiction, but this was an ideal spot for Takoda’s boat restoration

business since it is isolated, near the hardware store and wonderful boats

have actually been restored there.

Coal Dock

In 2005, extensive restoration of the Coal Dock began. Built before 1910, possibly as early

as 1860, the Coal Dock was aptly named, since coal used by residents was unloaded there

as well as hay, firewood and barreled fish. It was owned by the Arnold Line system for more

than 100 years, but before that belonged to Captain James Bennett and was known as

Bennett’s Wharf.

It is one of the most attractive sites on the waterfront and deserves preservation so that all visitors

throughout the coming years can enjoy seeing such a beautiful remnant of Mackinac’s past.

Handcrafted

The stern of one of the gorgeous wooden boats handcrafted at the Coal Dock barn.

Photos of the Arnold Dock will be featured in the next posting.

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