Monday, May 2, 2016

Eddie/Ernest Forfar and Canadian Research

Walter William Forfar in wheelchair with grand-daughter Shirley Wingfield and Ray Jeffrey 

My great-grandfather Walter William Forfar, also known as Dick Forfar was one of three brothers.  This post is about his older brother Ernest Albert Forfar also known as Eddie Forfar.  

I would love to post a picture of Eddie Forfar here but I think I would be breaking all sorts of copyright laws.  Instead, can I please encourage you to click here and view the pastel portrait of Eddie by Kathleen Shackleton, sister of antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Schackleton.  Kathleen was commissioned by the Hudson Bay Company to produce portraits of "men and women of the North".

I want to discover more about Eddie but have never done research in Canada before so I thought I would share some thoughts about my journey and tips and tricks in case they help you too in your family history research.

What are my research questions?  What do I know already?

What I know

Ernest Albert Forfar was the eldest son of George Forfar and Emily Mercy (nee Hollingham).  George and Emily married in Trinity Church, Eastbourne, Sussex on 11 September 1872.  

To be honest with you I actually think they may have married twice.  When confirming my sources while entering data into my new family tree software program, Family Historian, I found a shaking leaf on my Ancestry tree.  It was a reference to another marriage for them a few days earlier in Leamington, Warwick on 8 September.  

So George and Emily married on Sunday 8 September in Leamington and then hot-footed it down to Brighton for another wedding ceremony on Wednesday.  I have the marriage certificate for Brighton. I suppose I should now order the one for Leamington...sigh.  I shall add it to my To Do List down the bottom of this post.Honestly...these Forfars cause me no end of trouble.  

Two years later, Ernest was born, according to the BDM index on Ancestry, in Leamington. George Jnr. was born in 1875 and then Walter William in 1878.  
George and Emily's marriage was not a happy one.  I have found proceedings for Liquidation for George Forfar of No. 20 Upper-parade Leamington in the country of Warwick, Grocer, Tea Dealer and Wine and Spirit Merchant in The London Gazette in 1875.  They divorced in 1885 when Ernest would have been 11 years old.  The last record I have of Ernest in England is the 1881 Census when they were living in Leamington when he was just 6.  The Forfars had a successful bakery in Hove for many years.  You can read a bit more about it on this blog here.

Emily, Ernest's mother, committed suicide (Sussex Eastbourne Gazette newspaper notice 20 September 1893) at the age of 40 on 14 September 1893. I have a copy of her will and she divided her estate equally between her three sons when they attained the age of 21.  Ernest would have had to wait until 1895 to obtain his inheritance.  Emily's gravestone can be found at Ocklynge Cemetery, Eastbourne.  

A cousin sent me the portrait of Eddie quite a few years ago now but I wasn't interested in following it up then.  For a start he was called Eddie, not Ernest so I was a bit confused as to how it could be a relation.

I dug around last week and found a death registration for an Ernest Albert Forfar in Canada.  There is the name (Ed) in brackets after Ernest Albert on the record. Emily's father and brother's names were Edward which is why I think Ernest changed his name to Ed.

The death registration is very detailed (hallelujah!) and shows that he was born 29 October 1874 at Leamington, England and that his father was George Forfar and his mother was Emily M Hollingham.  I think we have our man.

From the death registration I discovered that his wife was Mary Brown Forfar.

Eddie was buried at Fort St James BC 26 January 1940.  He was 66 years old when he died on 22 January 1940.  He was a Hotel Constructor (?) and Guide. He died of a gunshot wound in head.  Oh dear.  You can look at the death registration here and let me know what you think his occupation is - the writing is quite difficult to decipher.

The certificate also tells me that his nationality was Canadian.  It also tells me that he had been working in this occupation for 13 years.  It tells me that he had been in the province for 25 years but there is a question mark next to how long he had been in Canada.  There is no information about his religion.

Here's a photo of his grave at Fort St James Municipal Cemetery. My thanks to the Prince George Genealogical Society for indexing headstones in this area and to the relative in Canada who sent us this photo via my 2nd cousin Kath.

I did a bit more digging and found that Mary Brown Forfar married David Trefor Jones on 12 July 1940.  She was 39 years old, so quite a bit younger than Ernest Albert aka Ed Forfar.  I have not been able to find a record of Eddie Forfar and Mary Brown Forfar's marriage.  From this marriage certificate, however,  I know that Mary Brown Forfar was born in Glasgow, Scotland and her father was James Kinnisburgh (?) and her mother was Marion (?) Henry.  The certificate is here.  Tell me what you think the names are...once again, it's difficult to read the writing.  

If Ed had been in the province for 25 years, I am guessing that Ed and Mary married from about 1917 onwards, given her age.  

I dug a bit more and found a news article in the Prince George Citizen from 25 January 1940.  It said:

The late Ed Forfar was well known throughout the North American continent as a big game guide, and for the past fifteen years has conducted many prominent sportsmen from all parts of the world on hunting and fishing trips into the Omineca district.  In addition to his guide and game fishing interests he conducted the Fort St James hotel at the foot of Stuart Lake.
 Forfar came to the Fort St James district from the Peace River Block where he was one of the first settlers to pre-empt land on Halfway River.  He later joined the B.C. police force and was stationed at Hudson's Hope for several years.  He was transferred to Fort Fraser and acted as policeman and game warden there previous to embarking in the hotel and big game guide business at Fort St James in 1927. 
He is survived by his wife and one son living at Fort St James and one daughter attending school in Prince Rupert. 
Right !  Quite a bit of information there.  

I have found one emigration record of an Ernest Forfar from Liverpool to Halifax in Canada on The Parisian in 1894 but I don't know if it is my Ernest....that Ernest is listed as being a Mech. (mechanic?) I looked up the passenger list for the Parisian and found Ernest Forfar aged 19 and it looks as though he got off at Winnipeg.  Have a look here.

I dug a bit more and found some articles in the Edmonton Bulletin in 1900 that Ernest was in business with a Louis Martin Sage.  It seems they owned a quarry:

From The Edmonton Bulletin 9 March, 1900:

Sage and Forfar of Red Deer, drew our attention to the fact that the two cars of stone brought in last week for the Strathcona Brewery Co.'s new malt house were not from Calgary as reported, but were from the Red Deer quarries.  These quarries have only recently been opened up but already the stone has been proved equal if not superior to the Calgary product.

But by September the same year in the Supreme Court of the North West Territories Northern Alberta Judicial District, Ernest Albert Forfar, Plaintiff and Louis Martin Sage, Defendant are having a Sale by Receiver.  

The South Peace Historical Society Website advises me that Ed Forfar moved from his Halfway River Farm and moved to Hudson's Hope in 1917. And this.

More newspaper articles revealed the following:

The Edmonton Bulletin on 3 February 1923, page 12 describes local Constable Ed. Forfar as a taxidermist "his home has many splendid specimens."

On 10 August 1923 The Daily Colonist reported something to gladden a genealogist's heart:
Mr Edward Forfar, of Hudson's Hope, has been appointed district registrar of births, deaths and marriages at that place, succeeding Mr. J. Gregg, resigned.
The Cariboo Observer in 1934 has two articles about the fishing prowess of Ed Forfar's 17 year old daughter Jane or June Forfar:

The Cariboo Observer 23 June 1934

The Cariboo Observer, 15 September 1934
Turning to the Canadian census I find an Ernest Forfar in the 1901 census living in Alberta.  You can see it here.

I wasn't sure if this was our man or not until I read his birth date.  While he claims to be a couple of years older than he is at the time, he says his birthday is 29 October.  I think it's him.  He says that he emigrated to Canada in 1893 - interesting.  He would have been only 18 or 19 years old.  

In the 1906 Census (on the right hand page) there is an Edward Forfar, a hired man aged 33 living with Gabriel B Murphy and I think Thomas Eliza and Altha Lockier or Larkin.  This Edward seems to be about the right age - 33 - if born in 1874 but says he was born in Scotland...hmmm..

In the 1911 Census there is an Ernest Forfar who is aged 35 and says he was born in 1876.  There is an O for birth location - does O mean Overseas?  He is living in Marquette Manitoba.  He is a farmer.  He says he is of Scotch origin.  I am not sure that this is my Ernest/Ed Forfar.

I will have to wait until I get to the QFHS library to check Ancestry for the 1921 Census as I don't have a worldwide subscription.

Here's a map showing all the places mentioned so far...quite a distance huh?

Land Records

I found this on the Canadian Archives and Records site.  

I'm thinking he would have had something to do with the Forfar School here.
What I am trying to discover - Research Questions

When did Ernest emigrate to Canada? I'm thinking between 1895 and 1900.

What was his occupation? His parents were bakers/confectioners/grocers.  

What was his religion? Possibly Anglican or Presbyterian (given Scottish ancestry)

When did he marry?  1917 onwards...And did he marry more than once?

Who were his children? A son called ? and a daughter called Jane or June born circa 1917.

To Do List
Obtain 2nd marriage certificate for George and Emily 
Obtain Birth Certificate for Ernest Albert Forfar 6D 586
Look for inquest into Ernest Albert Forfar death 22nd January 1940
Look for naturalisation Ernest Albert Forfar - I'd appreciate some advice on how to browse efficiently through the thousands of records on Family Search!
Look for undertaker's records - D Jones Fort St James
Find marriage record for Ed Forfar and Mary Brown nee Kinnisburgh 
Order probate/will of estate of Ernest Albert Forfar from Archives 
Check 1921 census on Ancestry
Join a society - British Columbia Genealogical Society or Prince George Genealogical Society or both.

Canadian Genealogical Records Resource Kit
Family Search Wiki
Can Genealogy - Dave Obee's Directory of Genealogy sites in Canada
Cyndi's List 

Sorry to bore you with all these thoughts.  

Anyone out there done Canadian research and have some advice to offer?

Sunday, May 1, 2016

A-Z Naval Records Digest and Thankyous

James Vernon Cook - my 2nd great-grandfather

As promised, I thought I would present a digest or summary of all my Blogging from A-Z posts as a kind of cheat-sheet for anyone wanting some hints for researching ancestors with a naval background. As previously stated, this is from a very Anglo/Australian point of view, so apologies to researchers with heritage from other countries. Finally, this is not meant to be a definitive digest to all the resources available....just a digest of where my research took me and what I found.

As with any new topic of knowledge, you will encounter unfamiliar words or is just a sample of what you may encounter...

ADM - the acronym for Admiralty and the call sign as it were for The National Archives collection of records from Admiralty.

Fathom - equals 6 feet or 1.8 metres.

Flagship - a ship carrying an Admiral

HMS Pembroke - the Royal Naval Barracks at Chatham 

Jackspeak - a sailor's dictionary

Lean's Navy Lists - 1878 - 1916 - short biographies of Officers in the Royal Navy

Protected cruiser



Remittance Registers 

Wavy Navy - the Naval Reserve

X-Craft - miniature subs

Yardarm - the outer quarters of a yard, that part which lies outboard of the lifts, on eitehr side of the ship, i.e. the port and starboard yardarms.  They were the positions in a square-rigged ship where most of the flag signals were hoisted, and in the older days of sail, when the disciplinary code on board included punishments of death by hanging, were the traditional points from which men were hanged on board.(from The Oxford Dictionary of Ships and the Sea)

The web is a wonderful thing to be sure but books/libraries are really where it's at.  Here is a selection that should get you on the right path, answer queries you might have or build a picture for order of author's surname....

J.J. Colledge's Ships of the Royal Navy

Justin Corfield's The Australian Illustrated Encyclopaedia of the Boxer Uprising 1899-1901

Conrad Dixon's Ships of the Victorian Navy

Simon Fowler's Tracing your Naval Ancestors - a guide for Family Historians 

Angus Konstam's Yangtze River Gunboats 1900-1949 

Ian Nicholson's Log of Logs 

Bruno Pappalardo's Tracing Your Naval Ancestors

N.A.M. Rodger's Naval Records for Genealogists

Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea

And don't forget leisure reading or reading fiction. Historic Naval Fiction will guide you. Joseph Conrad's Youth is a good read too.

Part of the fun of family history is exploring...that means getting off your bottom and getting out and about.  Is there a naval or maritime museum near you?  Go and check it out.  Perhaps it is time to book a flight and visit old Blighty.....

Admiralty Library National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

British Library 

Caird Library and Archive 

Haslar Heritage Group 

Kew or The National Archives

Keyham where Engineering Officers were trained.

London Metropolitan Archives

Malta Family History

The National Maritime Museum 

R.A.N. Heritage Centre

Royal Geographical Society

Royal Greenwich Hospital 

Royal Greenwich Hospital School  

Royal Naval Asylum 

Royal Naval College

Trinity House

Zeebrugge Churchyard and Cemetery

Dockyards (ones in bold are Royal Navy)
Cadiz (or Mediterranean)
Cork or Haulbowline
Jamaica or Kingston
Minorca (or Port Mahon)
Nelson's at Antigua
Penang (or Prince of Wales Island)
Plymouth or Devonport
York (or Lake Ontario)


Australian War Memorial

Bodleian Library

CLIP or the Crew List Index Project

Commonwealth War Graves Commission


50 researchers 

Genuki's Military Records page 

Gun Plot


Gilbert Provost's Register of Ships

Internet Archive

National Archives of Australia

National Library of Scotland

Navy Records Society

Paul Benyon's Late 18th, 19th and early 20th Century Naval and Naval Social History

Paul's Index of 19th Century Naval

Project Gutenberg

Rum Ration

San Francisco National Maritime National Historical park.


UK Mariners 


Vaughan Evans Library at the Australian National Maritime Museum


You Tube

TNA Guides

Royal Naval Dockyards

Royal Navy Ratings' Service Records 1853-1928

TNA Records

Hospital musters from 1740-1860 ADM 102 

Prize Money Lists ADM 238 

Ships Logs are located in ADM 53

Ships' musters can be found from 1667-1878 in ADM 36ADM 37ADM 38ADM 39 and ADM 41.

Yard Pay Books for dockyard workers can be found in ADM 42. They cover the years 1660-1857. 

Thank you/Shout Out!

Last but not least, a big shout out and thank you to everyone who commented on my blog.  I blog because I want to record my research but I also blog because I love interaction...people encouraging me or enlightening me ..or finding new cousins....thank you all for your support along the way.  Check out their blogs won't you...what an amazing bunch of people from all over the world. I call them my Mates given the nautical theme and my Strine (Australian) background. Mate meaning friend.

Old Bloggy Mates

Adventure before dementia - Diane B
Bob's Home for Writing - Bob Scotney
Family History Across the Seas - Pauleen Cass
Family History Fun - ScotSue
Finding Eliza - Kristin
Geniaus - Jill Ball 
GenieQ - Helen Connor
Jollett etc - Wendy
Library currants Carmel R Galvin
Strong Foundations - Sharon
That Moment in Time - Crissouli
Travel Genee - Fran Kitto
Twigs of Yore - Shelley Crawford

New Bloggy Mates

A Bit to read - I.L. Wolf
A Postcard A Day - Sheila
Ancestor Chasing - Kerryn Taylor
Confessions of a Part-time working Mum - J Lenni Dorner
Family Reunion Keepsake Book - Sue
History RoundAbout - Kathrynf
How to Tell A Great Story Aneeta Sundararaj
Kathleen Valentine's Blog - Kathleen Valentine
Life as a Potpourri - Sneha Sasi Kumar
Life Spoken Through Fingers -  Renee
Lori Henriksen - Lori
Molly's Canopy - Molly Charbonneau
My Genealogy Challenges - Dianne Nolin
Other Worlds -  Liz
P.S. Annie - Suzanne McClendon
Ragtag giggagon - Richard Gibney
The Squirrel Nutwork - Nutmeg
The Nimble Mime - Manisha Awasthi
The Old Shelter - Sarah Zama
Zulu Delta 45 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Z is for Zeebrugge

Z is for Zeebrugge

This last post in the Blogging from A to Z challenge is about a battle that occurred nearly 100 years ago at the end of WWI.  I hasten to add that none of my ancestors fought in this battle but I thought that it was a nice way of stitching up all the sorts of things that we have been learning about this month.

In Australia we recently commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the first Anzac Day service on 25th April.  In the UK, the 23rd April, or St George's Day, is the day to commemorate a significant battle in WWI - the raid on Zeebrugge. 

On 23 April 1918 the British Navy carried out a raid on the the Belgian port of Zeebrugge in an attempt to block the path of German U-boat submarines that were docked further up the Zeebrugge canal.

Here is a map of the battle site from a newspaper at the time.

ZEEBRUGGE AND DOCKS. (1918, April 25). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), , p. 5. Retrieved April 28, 2016, from

It was a fierce battle and over 200 British sailors and marines lost their lives. (Blanch, C., A short ferry ride to war

Twelve Australian volunteers  were chosen to help in the battle.  They were:

Sub-Lieutenant (later Lieutenant-Commander) John Howell-Price , D.S.O., D.S.C. b. 16 September 1886, Five Dock, N.S.W.

Warrant Engineer (later promoted to Engineer-Lieutenant in recognition of his bravery) William Henry Vaughan Edgar, D.S.C. (No. 7423, R.A.N.) Of McMahon's Point, N.S.W. ; b. Dunedin, New Zealand 20 Apr. 1884. Died Heidelberg, Victoria 1962.

Leading Seaman, George J. Bush, D.S.M. (No. 7018, R.A.N.) Of Manchester , Eng.; b. Islington, London, 19 Oct., 1887

Leading Seaman Dalmorton J.O. Rudd, D.S.M (No. 3389, R.A.M.) Of Campsie, N.S.W.; b. Sydney, 14 June 1896

Leading Seaman Henry J. Gillard (No. 8517, R.N.) Of Bangor, North Wales; b. New Brighton, Cheshire, Eng. 29 Jan 1890

Able Seaman Leonard T. Newland (No. 1937 R.A.N.) Of South Northcote, Vic; b. Ballarat, Vic., 16 Aug. 1889

Leading Seaman George E. Staples, D.S.M. (No. 2858, R.A.M.) Of Semaphore, S. Aust; b. Parkside, S. Aust., 20 April, 1896. Died 13 Aug., 1920

Leading Stoker, W.J. Bourke (no. 2237, R.A.N.) of Perth, W. Aust.; b. Perth, 7 Dec., 1891

Leading Stoker R. Hopkins (No. 3135, R.A.N.) Of Windsor, Vic.; b. Wyong, N.S.W. 5 oct., 1893

Leading Stoker G.J. Lockard (No. 3123 R.A.M.) Of west Marrickville, N.S.W.; b. Sydney, 28 Feb., 1893

Leading Stoker Herbert J. McCrory (No. 1183, R.A.M.) Of Surry Hills, N.S.W.; b. Sydney, 24 Jan 1892

Leading Stoker J. Strong (No. 2536, R.A.N.) Of Annandale, N.S.W. ; b. Gallymont, N.S.W., 10 Nov., 1893.

There are all sorts of accounts of the battle.  It was quite complicated strategically speaking and interesting on a number of levels - from the use of old cruisers loaded with concrete to act as blockships, to the use of fog machines to hide their advance, to old subs being blown upunder the Mole.  (I didn't realise that mole also meant a pier or causeway - did you?)  The names of the vessels range from Vindictive to Iris and Daffodil and there were all sorts of craft involved from old cruisers and destroyers, to ferries, motor launches and submarines.  It was all hands to the pump - from 2000 dockworkers at Chatham to the Vice-Admiral Sir Roger Keyes.

This article probably gives the clearest account of the battle and is well illustrated.

You can read one of the Australians - McCrory's - account of their training here.

This is an excellent article describing the action that the Australians saw during the battle and where and how they served.

There is some footage of the HMAS Australia here where one of the crew are presented with the Zeebrugge medal.

Here is a Belgian TV Documentary about the raid.

If you wanted to read something meatier, Project Gutenberg has a couple of volumes for you - Captain Carpenter's The Blocking of Zeebrugge and Lieut. Westerman's The Thick of the Fray at Zeebrugge. Outlook advises that:
 "No boy alive will be able to peruse Mr. Westerman's pages without a quickening of his pulses"  

The Internet Archive has The Dispatches of Vice Admiral Sir Roger Keyes edited by C. Sanford Terry and The Zeebrugge Affair by Keble Howard.

In terms of memorials I have discovered that there is the Zeebrugge bell housed at Dover (a gift from the King of Belgium).  It is rung every year by the mayor in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.  There is a rather nice postcard featured here from 1923 and a video on You Tube of it being rung just a few days ago.  Those who fell may have been buried at St James's Cemetery Dover or Zeebrugge Churchyard.

I hope that you have enjoyed finding out more about the navy and naval records for family historians in my contribution to the Blogging from A to Z challenge. Thank you for coming on the journey with me and responding so enthusiastically to my posts.  It has made the slog so much easier having friends along the way cheering me on.

As you can see, there is a host of online and offline resources available for you to explore.  

I will attempt to create a digest of some of the resources as a kind of ready reckoner for you after I've had a few zzzzzzzzssss......


Blanch, Craig, A short ferry ride to the war | Australian War Memorial. (2016). Retrieved 29 April 2016, from

Jose, Arthur WilberforceVolume IX – The Royal Australian Navy, 1914–1918, Official History of Australia in the War 1914-1918, Appendix 25 – The Australian Detachment for Zeebrugge. (2016). Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 29 April 2016, from

England, 1918. Lieutenant William Henry Vaughan Edgar DSC, RAN, with a party of civilians on HMAS Australia. Artificer Engineer Edgar, whilst serving on HMAS Australia, volunteered to serve in the .... (2016). Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 29 April 2016, from

Raid on Zeebrugge (1) TV documentary. (2016). YouTube. Retrieved 29 April 2016, from

Scenes on board HMAS Australia. (2016). Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 29 April 2016, from

Studio portrait of Sub-Lieutenant (later Lieutenant Commander) John Howell-Price DSO DSC (1886-1937). Howell-Price served with the Royal Naval Reserve from 1915 to 1918 and in the RAN from 1918 to .... (2016). Australian War Memorial. Retrieved 29 April 2016, from


A is for ADM
B is for Books (and Battleships)
C is for Chatham
D is for Dockyards
E is for Edgar Class Cruiser
F is for Flagship
G is for Greenwich
H is for Haslar
I is for Indexes and the Internet
J is for Jackspeak
K is for Kew (and Keyham)
L is for Lean's Navy Lists
M is for Malta (and Musters)
N is for Newspapers (and Navy Records Society and Nancy Dawson)
O is for HMS Orontes
P is for Prize Money (and Pensions)
Q is for Quartermaster
R is for Rodger (and Reading and Really Good Reference)
S is for Ships
T is for Trinity House (and Tobacco and Trusses)
U is for HMAS Una (oh allright and Uniforms too)
V is for HMS Vernon
W is for Wavy Navy
X is for X-craft
Y is for Yard Pay Books (Yellow Admirals, yardarm and Youth)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Y is for Yard Pay Books (Yellow Admirals, yardarm and Youth)

Y is for Yard Pay Books (Yellow Admirals, yardarm and Youth)

Yard Pay Books for dockyard workers can be found in ADM 42. They cover the years 1660-1857. 

What's a Yellow Admiral you ask?  Well, apparently the British Fleet used to be divided up into squadrons - red, white and blue with red being the most senior and blue the most junior.  Bruno Pappalardo advises:

in 1747 the Admiralty introduced a system whereby unsuitable and elderly captains were promoted to an 'unspecified squadron' popularly known as the 'yellow squadron'.  These officers - commonly known as 'yellow admirals' - were entitled to the half pay of a rear amiral but did not have any prospects of future employment or promotion. (p.12)

Oh look!  Patrick O'Brian wrote a book called The Yellow Admiral.  Well waddya know?

yellow admiral

Here's another picture of a Yellow Admiral.

Rear-Adm. Edward Field, R.N., J.P., M.P., "The Yellow Admiral"

Yardarm...I'm sure at one time or another you've heard or said the phrase "The sun is over the yardarm" but what is a yardarm exactly..... from the Oxford Dictionary of Ships and the Sea:'

the outer quarters of a yard, that part which lies outboard of the lifts, on eitehr side of the ship, i.e. the port and starboard yardarms.  They were the positions in a square-rigged ship where most of the flag signals were hoisted, and in the older days of sail, when the disciplinary code on board included punishments of death by hanging, were the traditional points from which men were hanged on board.

Ouch!   Here are some folk hanging about a yardarm....

Trainees (and, I hope, trainers) Manning the Yard

Last but not least, if you are looking for a good sea-story, real "and then...and then" stuff in terms of storytelling, you could do worse than to read Joseph Conrad's short story "Youth".  I really enjoyed it. You can read it online here. It should take you an hour or so...12,000 words I believe.  I had only read Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and did not know about this story.  The story makes completing the Blogging from A to Z Challenge look like a walk in the park ;) PS Did you know Conrad was born in Poland?  I didn't. 

Yippee Yahoo!  One more letter to go!!