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In the Name of Our Daughters and Wives (edited and published September 2011)


Geoff Pope had a dream. At 65 he wanted to build a 50' top sail ketch and sail her to adventurous places. This is the story of the final adventure of that graceful ketch - the "Sheila Yeates", named for Geoff's daughter. Caught in pack ice off the coast of Greenland in the summer of 1989, the Sheila Yeates sent out a Mayday. When nearly all seemed lost, the voice of a Danish fishing captain came over the VHF answering the distress call. The Kiviuq turned course and slowly pushed through pack ice to save the seven-member crew of the Sheila Yeates,


This film documents the dramatic events of that fateful August day as viewed through the gritty video footage shot by the crew of the Kiviuq.


Before Geoff died, he sat down with filmmaker, Richard Olsenius, to talk about the event that changed his life and gave Richard the tapes of the daring rescue. His recount of the rescue of the crew, combined with earlier footage of the Sheila Yeates on Lake Superior and the dramatic footage of the eventual loss of the Sheila Yeates in heavy seas, offers a poignant story of dreams, adventure, life and loss.


As Geoff reflects on his feelings of watching the sinking of the Sheila Yeates, he tries to explain the closeness a sailor has to his ship - it is why, he says, "We name them after our daughters and wives."


“For over 20 years these tapes and interview have been sitting on my shelf,” says Olsenius, “Waiting for me to complete this story of the Sheila Yeates.” Now this 22-minute video will keep you spellbound as you see the Sheila Yeates move from classic tall ship sailing the Great Lakes to doomed vessel in north Atlantic ice. The raw video footage of the dramatic rescue of the crew and the eventual loss of the Sheila Yeates is the ultimate unforgettable view of high seas adventure.



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