Sedimentary Response to
Arc-Continent Transpressive Tectonics, Laberge Conglomerates
(Jurassic), Whitehorse Trough, Yukon Territory
Supervisor: F.J. Hein
I graduated with my M.Sc. in Geology (90) and worked at the Centre
for Marine Geology while running independent exploration contracts for
industry and government, primarily with fieldwork in northern B.C. and
Yukon. I then went to Ontario for about a year and a half where I earned
my B.Ed. from the University of Toronto. I had an opportunity to teach
in Ontario but, instead, had an opportunity to work for a Project
Management Firm in Vancouver (Geosciences) as Senior Project Geologist
and Stratigrapher for five years, working on major mapping and drilling
projects throughout Canada, the United States (Alaska), Mexico, and the
South Pacific for major mining corporations. I next took a position with
Baker Hughes Canada in drilling optimization and well control for the
Sable Project, mostly because I had met a local lady (Cindy) who I
subsequently married in 1999 (staying local was a key issue). Having had
enough of the offshore after about three years, I returned to school
full-time and completed the first year of my MBA at Saint Mary's
University, which I am continuing on a part-time basis. I am currently
working as a Manager with the Nova
Scotia Petroleum Directorate in Halifax.
Age of Heroes: A Boy, a Prince and the 1797 Wreck of La Tribune
Nonfiction: Nova Scotia History, Sailing Ships, War
6" x 9" paperback
Order this book from: Nimbus Publishing (or 1-800-Nimbus9)
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[Cover of Age of Heroes]
Age of Heroes documents one of Nova Scotia's greatest sea tales. It comes from the golden age of fighting sail, the so-called "age of heroes," which has long drawn audiences to books like Master and Commander and the Horatio Hornblower genre of nautical fiction.
France's La Tribune frigate fell to Britain's HMS Unicorn after a moonlit sea battle fought off Ireland's coast. The humbled warship was added to the Royal Navy lists when admirals like John Jervis and Horatio Nelson were defending England's shores from invasion and her sea lanes from attack by revolutionary France. Tribune was ushered into British service during the turmoil of the Spithead and Nore mutinies, her crew a collection of young English, Irish and Scots eager to fight for King and Country, as well as for their own glory.
Unfortunately, HMS Tribune was mistakenly run aground by her sailing master while entering Halifax harbour on November 23, 1797. During the attempt to escape from her rocky prison, Tribune was caught in a horrendous storm and ultimately sank at night with the loss of more than 240 souls. Only a 13-year-old orphan fisher boy from nearby Herring Cove dared to row his tiny skiff into the jaws of the tempest to save British sailors stranded on the wreck. Impressed by his selfless act, Prince Edward, the future father of Queen Victoria who was residing in Halifax at the time, rewarded the young boy for his brave deed. In this true tale of valour, the legend of the hero fisher boy lives on more than two centuries after his part in one of Canada's most compelling sea stories.
John Dickie holds MSc and MBA degrees in geology and international business development. Exploration work led him from the mountains of the Yukon and Alaska, through the deserts of Mexico and jungles of Vanuatu, to offshore Nova Scotia. A senior management role continues to take him to such places as Venezuela, Brazil, Spain, France, Scotland, Mexico, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, though his love for the North Atlantic and his passion for underwater exploration keeps him in his native Nova Scotia. John resides in Halifax with his two young children.