The sea has always challenged the imagination, inviting the adventurer to push beneath the surface to undiscovered areas. The ocean covers seventy-one percent of the earth’s surface yet despite man’s continuing exploration, ninety-five percent remains a mystery. Who knows what unknown forms of life exist in the depths, hidden from man’s view, sharing the planet, coexisting in a parallel universe?
From far back in recorded history, natives along the Pacific Northwest Coast reported sightings of giant squid, huge eels, sea serpents and other malevolent creatures, perhaps remnants of a prehistoric era, but until recent times, one species went unpublicized and unnoticed. In the early 1800s, with increasing populations along the Oregon Coast, some residents witnessed unusual activity in the waters offshore Heceta Head. Most of these sightings went unreported but in a few cases, contact led to continued interaction and communication with a previously unknown species.
It has been years since Margaret Rose Lavell disappeared from her coastal community. Now her daughter, Aquenae Magena, has come to live in Florence. Her goals include reunion with her sister, Opalina, and selection as Queen of the annual Rhododendron Festival.
After a gathering of women intent on sending the earthbound spirit of Heceta Head happily to the other side, tragic events interrupt in the Mer world, propelling Magena and Opalina on a dangerous quest. Traveling far from Oregon waters, the sisters survive unimaginable perils in the dark underground tunnels of Central America then drift down river in a dugout canoe through the Amazon rainforest.
After sailing across the Caribbean to the British Virgin Islands, Magena and Opalina return home. Armed with the Crystal Skull and fabled Eyes of Atlantis, the Princess Aquinae Magena must meet the most dangerous challenge of her young life. If she does not succeed, life on the planet will be changed forever.
Journey with Author Judith Gilman on another fantastic voyage into uncharted waters where anything imagined can be accomplished and love conquers all obstacles. Her first books, Voyage of the Capricorn Lady, Books 1 and 2, carried the reader away on a true-life adventure where challenges became triumphs as charter guests sailed on cobalt seas from island to island. In Ohnalee, Mermaid of Heceta Head, another young woman faced a life changing decision that would carry her into unfamiliar realms. Mermaids of the Siuslaw, Quest for the Eyes of Atlantis, continues the saga.
Spiced with Oregon coast and Caribbean history, the tail is made even more delicious with a generous dusting of Mer magic, mystery and metamorphosis.
The Shadow of His Smile
Voyage of the Capricorn Lady, Book Two, The Shadow Of His Smile, continues the true story about a Caribbean Charter yacht couple, Captain Judith Gilman and her husband, Captain Dan T. Gilman III. After they lost their business and almost all their personal possessions in central Florida, they sailed away on an aging wooden sailboat, finding a new life in the Crewed Charter Industry in the Virgin Islands.
The first book, Voyage of the Capricorn Lady, Book One, Lost at Sea with Daniel T., recounts Dan and Judi’s miraculous escape from almost certain death after a boating accident in the lower Bahamas, and chronicles the challenging and adventurous life they stumbled into that would provide a new career for the next 23 years.
After they sold their sailboat, Capricorn, in 1980, they became the new owners of a 71’ Trumpy Houseboat, built in 1947. From 1980 until 1999, Dan and Judi Gilman owned and operated Capricorn Lady in the British Virgin Islands, hosting Oscar winners, film directors, royals, and families from around the world. The vessel, and her owners, was featured in many international yachting and travel magazines, and was one of the first motor vessels to do crewed charters in the Virgin Islands. Dan and Judi purchased another smaller Trumpy, Capricorn Mistress in 1985 to join the Lady at her Nanny Cay base, often running the two vessels in tandem to provide accommodations for large family reunions, and corporate charters.
Licensed Captain, First Mate, and Master Chef, Judi, a Capricorn Lady, tells “all” with a sense of humor and obvious love for the life she shared with Captain Dan. Tales of charter guests, charter crews, colorful island characters, beloved friends, and life in the beautiful British Virgins, are spiced with the memories of years of hard work and accomplishment. Judi describes what life was really like, “below decks”, on her successful charter yacht, as she and her husband strived to provide luxurious cruises for their guests, aboard a classic wooden yacht.
Judi embarked on her voyage of love and adventure with Dan in 1964, and during their life together, they shared many tests of their ability to adapt to new circumstances. Never separated, working together 24 hours a day, they were loved and admired by their charter guests, but failed to heal the wounds caused by their abrupt departure from their previous life. Two families suffered the pain of separation, never sailing across distant horizons to reach the shores of forgiveness.
This phase of the Capricorn Lady’s journey culminated with Dan’s death from Lung Cancer in April 2003, after a fierce two-year battle for survival. Travel with Judi from the carefree golden sands of the Caribbean to the Cancer Centers in Oregon where Dan stood his final watch. Judi’s beloved Captain departed “across the bar” in Florence, Oregon, leaving her in a world far from the sunny islands of the Caribbean. Learning to cope without her beloved soul mate, while transitioning to a new and interesting life, is her new challenge for the future.
Dreams and psychic occurrences during Judi’s life, and after Dan’s death, confirm the bonds of love that bind this Capricorn Lady and her Captain, “Forever”. The Capricorn Lady’s Voyage will continue “Somewhere Beyond the Sea”.
LOST AT SEA WITH DANIEL T.
Voyage of the Capricorn Lady, Book One, Lost at Sea With Daniel T., is a true story about a Caribbean Charter yacht couple. Captain Judith Gilman and her husband, Captain Dan T. Gilman III, sailed away from their life of prestige and social status in Central Florida, after they lost their business and almost all their personal possessions in the mid-1970s. With no advance planning, emotionally struggling to adjust to a totally different kind of life, they made their way through the Bahamas to the Virgin Islands on their aging wooden sailboat, Capricorn, with one daughter and their Himalayan Cat.
Book One describes the author’s early life, her meeting and marriage to Dan, and the events that cast them adrift to an uncertain future. One moonlit night at Salt Pond Bay in the Exumas, Dan and Judi were thrown out of their rubber dinghy when it hit an obstruction in the water. As the swift current carried them out toward the open sea, the boat turned in a circle, striking Dan in the face with the propeller of the 15 horsepower engine. Their rescue by a “mysterious stranger” was followed by a wild midnight ride in an old flatbed truck to a tiny clinic at Dead Man’s Cay. Bahamas Air Sea Rescue flew the couple to Nassau where Dan had surgery, and subsequently healed from his horrific wounds. After he regained his strength, the couple made their way to the Virgin Islands where they were introduced to “crewed chartering” as a way of life.
The first book chronicles in detail their cruising live-aboard life, and incredible adventures as they sailed into the culture of many island societies. Dan and Judi rode out several hurricanes on Capricorn, almost sank several times, and lost all their personal belongings when the boat actually did sink on it’s mooring at Red Hook one black night. Stories of the charter life, guests and crews, and the colorful characters, who were part of the fabric of their lives during this period, are told with sharp detail right down to the fabulous cuisine that was served.
Voyage of the Capricorn Lady is not just a book about boats and chartering; it is the story of a personal journey told with honesty. Two families were forever damaged by the events that cast this couple on their path to a life of love and adventure. Working together, they brought joy to their guests, but failed to heal wounds resulting from their wrenching departure from family and friends.
Dreams and Psychic occurrences during the author’s life are woven through the tapestry of the book. They reaffirm the author’s belief in the afterlife, and the timelessness of her connection to her Captain. The first book ends with the sale of the 40’ Newporter Ketch, Capricorn, as the couple leaves the Virgin Islands to search for a new boat to continue their charter career. Book Two is a continuation of the author’s voyage, from the decks of the 71’ Trumpy charter yacht, Capricorn Lady, to the banks of the Siuslaw River on the Oregon Coast.
“Forever”, not until “Death Do Us Part”, is the theme of this loving memoir of a Captain and His Lady.
See the Captain ́s Lady historic bookstore on the Oregon Coast on her website at www.captainsladystore.com.