Reichenbach Falls on July 11, 2015



On Saturday, July 11, 2015 The Stormy Petrels will flock to Shannon Falls for their annual picnic.

[Left: Shannon Falls, BC / Right: Reichenbach Falls, Switzerland]

About Shannon Falls

Shannon Falls is located just off Highway 99, 58 km north of Vancouver. BC. According to the BC Parks website, it is composed of a series of cliffs, rising 335 meters above Highway 99, making it the third highest falls in the province.

In 1792, Captain George Vancouver set up camp just west of the falls, which were named after Shannon who, in 1890 – 1900, owned the falls and surrounding area and used the clay deposits to make bricks. (you can’t make bricks without clay!)

The park also holds significant spiritual value to the Squamish First Nations, the first people to live in the area. They told of a two-headed sea serpent, Say-noth-ka, who lived in and around Howe Sound. According to legend, this beast travelled both on land and in the water. Some versions say it was Say-noth-ka who formed Shannon Falls by slithering and twisting his powerful body up the mountainside, wearing down a spillway for those cascading waters

We will, once again visit Shannon Falls, as our substitute for the Reichenbach Falls. The resemblance is truly uncanny!

If you require any additional information, please contact your Consulting Detective at the g-mail address provided here.

Stormy Petrels Summer Specials
July 11, 2015 – Reichenbach Falls (Shannon Falls) picnic – 10:00am
-– Margaret Dennison Starrett gravesite visit
–- “Toad Hall”
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[Photo sources: Wikipedia and Flickr]

2015 Summer Specials


After a year’s worth of study sessions, the Stormy Petrels take a well-deserved break for some summer fun!

Following is an overview of events we have planned. Please note that there may be a change, so please keep checking back for details and updates.

We welcome all visitors, so please keep these dates open if you are in Vancouver.

June 26 Classic Movie Night – 6:00 pm at the Tapestry, Wesbrook Mall, UBC
June 17-28 “Holmes & Watson Save the Empire” – Metro Theatre
July 11 – Reichenbach Falls (Shannon Falls) picnic – 10:00 am
– Margaret Dennison Starrett gravesite visit
– “Toad Hall”
July 16 Special guest speaker, Sonia Fetherston, BSI, will talk about the William Gillette film – 7:00 pm at Hampton Place
Aug. 15 “Silver Blaze” races and pot luck on the borders of South Surrey – 2:00 (Johnnie will provide directions)
Sept. 17 Murder Mystery dinner at Crescent Beach

Hope to see you all this summer!

For further info, please contact Fran at stormypetrels


“Holmes!” I cried. “Is it really you? Can it indeed be that you are alive? Is it possible that you succeeded in climbing out of that awful abyss?” How did he do it? Where did he go? What was Dr. Watson doing in the meantime? Who was his only confidant? Why? How did dear Mrs. Hudson react? The Stormy Petrels will discuss “The Empty House” at their next regular meeting on June 2nd. Hampton Place (UBC) at 7:00 pm.


Frederic Dorr Steele drawings from Collier’s Magazine, Sept. 1903.

For more info, please contact Fran

“The Empty House”

No hansom cabs stop at the curb,

The bell has lost its peel.

No servant’s heavy-laden steps

Up the staircase steal.

The window blinds – shut fast and tight,

The fireplace gone cold.

The pen lies still upon the page,

Cases left untold.

The ticking clock, which no one hears

Save for a small grey mouse.

The darkness looms, the thick fog falls

Upon the empty house!

by Fran Martin 1991



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