A few years back (2006), MudScout published An Indelible Decade: E.R. Huntington, Apprentice Under Sail & Arctic Constable, 1908-1918, by Beverley Huntington Rogers. I’m returning to this now because, for various reasons, the book flew under the radar at the time of its release, and it’s the kind of title that deserves to be rediscovered and read for years to come.
An Indelible Decade is more than just a family history. It offers a first-hand glimpse into the life of a young man nearly a century ago, illuminating the character-shaping challenges and adventures he faced first as an apprentice aboard a commercial sailing vessel, and later, as a member of Canada’s RNWMP, stationed at Churchill, Manitoba.
Orphaned at the age of fourteen, E.R. Huntington was apprenticed aboard the three-masted, square-rigged ship Cambrian Princess. In the next four years, he went around Cape Horn eight times—more than enough to be considered a “real seaman.”