"I have been engineer for Captain Nichols, when he was in command of another ship. He is a real Captain. But on this remarkable voyage, he was the storyteller; and he most certainly told it well."
- Rex Lukinich Marine Engineer
"I have worked the often stormy waters of the Pacific Coast, and recognize a storyteller with both accuracy and drama. One rides every wave, hears every sound, feels every heartbeat of this bruising voyage."
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.