"I read the manuscript from beginning to end and couldn't put it down until I had finished. This book is remarkably detailed, and amazingly accurate. This 'is' the way it really was."
Bob Anderson, former Protection Officer, Alaska Department of Fish and Game
"My husband tells a story with captivating drama. I relived this remarkable adventure as I read this book, as if I, myself, were there on the decks of that little ship."
Ramona Nichols wife of this most unusual Captain
Dean Nichols was born on the Yakima Indian Reservation in Washington in 1919, although his Indian forebears lived in northern Maine.
A licensed tugboat captain and purser, he has worked as a port manager, an electrical and civil engineer, an air-traffic controller, a boat officer for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and a marine-traffic officer for the Alaska Marine Highway. He followed in his father's footsteps to become a tugboat captain in the Pacific Northwest. He has studied the social and natural sciences, humanities, and business administration at Anchorage Community College.