Ursula Jupp, Saanich Archive PR-164-2011-065-001
was born on the Scilly Islands in the Celtic Sea where no one lives more than a mile from the sea. She was one of the first women to join the Thermopylae Club when, in 1954, it began to sign on female crew members.
Jupp self-published the hard covered book, Home Port: Victoria in 1967, in an era where self-publishing was far more complex than it is today. Within its pages Jupp assembled a collection of true stories of men and ships that sailed from Victoria. The stories were told by old seamen at meetings of the Thermopylae Club and includes short sketches of their narrators, articles on relevant history of the Port of Victoria, and two maps.
The book is an invaluable window into the significance of Victoria’s harbour as a port of call. Copies can be purchased here.