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Harbour Publishing Congratulates Maritime Historian Barry Gough

Posted: Friday, August 15, 2008

The Canadian Nautical Research Society's Keith Matthews Award has awarded Victoria writer Dr. Barry Gough an honourable mention for his newest work, Fortune’s a River: The Collision of Empires in Northwest America (Harbour Publishing).

The Awards Committee Chair of the Canadian Nautical Research Society, Dr. Serge Durflinger had this to say about the book, “Fortune’s a River is a wonderfully written, impressively researched account of a complex topic of major historiographical importance. Using the coveted Columbia River watershed as the basis of his study, Gough richly details early nineteenth-century US expansionism in the Pacific Northwest and deftly places the related hotly contested international territorial rivalry in sweeping geostrategic and commercial contexts. In challenging popular misconceptions of the famed Lewis and Clark expeditions, Gough offers compelling approaches to state formation and the origins of Anglo-American co-habitation in North America. Fortune’s a River is a quick-flowing, expertly interwoven collage of exploration, settlement, trade, entrepreneurship, biography, and international relations.”

Gough was the founding director of Canadian Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. As the author of ten previous books, he has been called the “foremost expositor of BC nautical history.”

The Keith Matthews Award is given to the best publication on maritime history, and is named for Professor Keith Matthews, the first president of what became the Canadian Nautical Research Society.