Authors Gold Rush – John Motherwell and Gold Rush Steamboats

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John Motherwell has been interested in Rattenbury’s Yukon experience for more than half a century. He first heard of the Bennett Lake and Klondyke Navigation Company in 1955, long after its boats had stopped running, while he was in Whitehorse. ~Dave Obee, Editor-in-Chief, Victoria Times Colonist newspaper writes:

“A few years later, on the Yukon’s Fortymile River, Motherwell found what was left of two of Rattenbury’s boats. In 2002, he visited the company’s old shipyard at Bennett Lake.

It’s safe to say that Gold Rush Steamboats has been a labour of love. Motherwell has spent years researching the story, pulling information from newspapers, government reports, memoirs, other books and other sources.

His book is thorough and compelling, especially because it shines a light on part of our history that was in danger of being forgotten. It also helps establish, once again, the important role that people in Victoria played in the Klondike gold rush.

This was, after all, an important staging area for people heading north — and they inspired the local business community to get involved in the rush.

Motherwell’s book is highly readable, and well-illustrated with photographs and maps. Do not discount it just because it was self-published; it is more evidence that these books can match, and even surpass, the books coming from conventional publishers.”

(The book is available from Motherwell at 2563 Macdonald Dr., Victoria, V8N 1X7. The cost is $30, plus $1.50 HST and $15 for shipping and handling. )

Phone: (250) 477-6701 
email:  john_motherwell@telus.net