pushing the beach

Pushing The Beach Book

PUSHING THE BEACH

Written by Al Meadows with Historical Appendices by Maritime Author Syd Heal.  Epilogue by current Marine Link Owner, Guy Adams.

Pushing the Beach is the story of how the M.V. Aurora Explorer was discovered in Fort McMurray, Alberta and its epic voyage down the McKenzie River through the Bering Strait on its way for delivery to its new owners in Campbell River, BC.

Taking us all the way back to 1976 and the imperceptible beginnings of Marine Link, the author recollects on what it takes to build a vibrant business from the grass-roots up.  Historical and biographical, often humorous and educational, Pushing the Beach highlights the people and stories that make coastal British Columbia so extraordinary.

Including a chapter documenting the three dimensional reconstruction of the Aurora undertaken in 1998, with over 180 full colour photographs to transport you back to the deck of the M.V. Aurora Explorer, Pushing the Beach will make a great conversation starter on your coffee table, or a perfect Christmas present to those wanting to share the truly unparalleled British Columbia Coast.

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In the Media

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