Shirley sailing Catspaw
Although born in Saskatchewan and raised in Alberta, Shirley Vanderwood became an avid sailor.
Along with her husband, Paul, she passed numerous lighthouses on the British Columbia coast in their Columbia 26, Catspaw. The Catspaw was moored in the South Delta area. On many Friday evenings, the Vanderwoods cruised into the Gulf Islands past the Georgina Point (Active Pass) Lighthouse at the entrance to Active Pass. On cruises to Victoria, they saw the lights at East Point, Turn Point (US), Discovery and Trial Islands.
Numerous family vacations to Desolation Sound saw the Catspaw pass the lights at Porlier Pass, Entrance Island, Ballenas Island and Merry Island. The Vanderwoods also took the Catspaw further afield to explore Barkley Sound and saw the western lights at Race Rocks, Sheringham, Pachina Point, Cape Beale, Amphitrite Point and others. They also passed the lights north of the Georgia Strait at Chatham Point, Pulteney Point, Scarlett Point, Pine Island, Cape Caution and others as they enjoyed the sailing and anchorages surrounding Johnstone Strait and the Queen Charlotte Strait.
Shirley, wife, mother and grandmother, lost her battle with cancer on June 3, 2000, at the age of 54.
The photograph of the Sheringham Lighthouse which appears on the front page of this website was made by Shirley on one of their 'land' visits to a lighthouse. It is the only photograph on this website made by someone other than the author. That photo and this page are dedicated to the memory of Shirley Vanderwood.
Shirley and her daughter Denise off Cape Beale
Shirley and her grandchildren
Comments to: Lorne Hull
Last update: 10-May-2002