Cruising Washington, British Columbia and Alaska in the wake of Captain George Vancouver : A special event with John M. Horton

John Horton
Sat, October 28
October 28, 2017 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 
Foss Waterway Seaport
705 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA 98402
This presentation will showcase approximately 20 of the 53 paintings that John has produced of the Pacific West Coast showing places Captain Vancouver charted and named from Washington State all the way North to Alaska.  John has traveled 4 times to Alaska, on his own converted 52’ admiral’s launch, to research all these intriguing facts about this voyage.   
 
Learn the inside stories about Vancouver’s exploration of the coast, including the discovery and protection of a Shaman’s burial cave; his friendship with England’s enemy, the Spanish, and many other stories.  Vancouver’s extended survey of the northwest coast was an astonishing achievement. His voyage proved to be the longest continuous journey of discovery under sail in history, both in time and in distance covered. Neither Cook nor Columbus, nor any other explorer, equaled this accomplishment.  And yet, his life ended at 40, in poverty and with no recognition.  Why? 
 
About John M. Horton C.S.M.A, F.C.A.
John Horton’s lifelong love affair with the sea and maritime industries is readily apparent in his paintings and his lifestyle.  At 16 he joined the Royal Navy as a boy seaman and served in the Pacific, Atlantic, and finally in the Arctic.  Since moving to Canada in 1966, John has devoted over 30 years of his life to volunteer search and rescue on the Fraser River and has recently received the Governor General’s Caring Citizen Award in recognition.  At the same time he has cruised British Columbia, Washington and Alaska producing a scrupulously realistic body of work.  Everything from work boats of all kinds and ages to a series of paintings depicting Captain George Vancouver’s discovery and charting of the west coast of North America.  His attention to detail and his technical accuracy are legendary and he makes no apologies for this quest for perfection.  He is still, at 78 years of age, captaining his lifeboat during fisheries on the Fraser River and cruising the coast, maintaining his connection to the sea.  
 
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FREE with Paid Admission to the Seaport