Mark your calendars!  What are we marking?

The Stormy Petrels of B.C. (a scion society of The Bootmakers of Toronto) are turning 30!

Why are we “stormy” and what do we have to do with “boot makers”?  Find out at our all-day event taking place on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Billy Bishop Legion (Pub).  Aha! Now I have your attention!

If you are in Vancouver, please come help us celebrate.  If you have not yet planned on being in Vancouver but are looking for a good excuse, now is your chance!  The West Coast is calling!

The day promises to be a fun day filled with food, fellowship and featured special guest speakers. The price for our special day is $30, payable at registration time at the door.  But we would like to know if you are planning on attending, as we need to know how many cups of coffee to put on.

Registration will begin at 9:00 am and we will wind down at 4:00 pm when the pub will be open to the public (it is, after all, a public house).

Please RSVP to Fran before August 1st, 2017 if you plan on attending this milestone.  More details can be made available if you contact Fran at:  franziskah@shaw.ca

Hope to see you all there!


The Stormy Petrels of BC will gather for another study session on Tuesday, September 5th to discuss part 1 of “The Valley of Fear”.

This adventure was published in The Strand Magazine from September 1914 to May 1915.

Valley of Fear CoverWe begin with a coded message sent to Sherlock Holmes, a murder and a trip to Sussex.

Valley of Fear Card

Is Professor Moriarty behind this unfortunate incident at Birlstone Manor?  What is the significance of “VV341”?  Was the victim a member of a secret society in America?

A slipper print on a window ledge, an abandoned bicycle, a missing wedding ring and a missing dumb-bell.  What more could one ask?

The meeting will take place at 7:00 pm at our usual Hampton Place lounge at UBC (near Wesbrook Mall/16th Ave., Vancouver)

Bonus question for those planning on attending the meeting:  Whose name did Mrs. Douglas say her husband called out in a fever?

For more information, please contact Fran at:  franziskah@shaw.ca




The 22nd Annual Silver Blaze Sweepstakes will take place

Saturday the 12th day of August 2017


 2 o’clock in the afternoon

at the

South Surrey Country Estates of Dame Johnston-Keddis

SilverBlaze program

Come for an event-full afternoon of high stakes betting, games and prizes.

For your dining pleasure High Tea will take place on the Manor House Terraces.

The theme this year is Hats and Ascots

Reserve your Grandstand seats now.  Petrels are urged to RSVP  so that the staff will be able to set up adequately for the large flock.

Please bring a potluck dish suitable for a hearty supper for the hungry Petrels who come from far and wide. The BBQ will be set up for those who’d like to char a little something for themselves, and Cook will be on hand to assist.

Sherry, ale and other delightful libations are welcome.

The Gamekeeper requests that you keep your dog on a leash so as not to disturb

the chickens.

For added info and directions to the Estate, please contact Fran at franziskah@shaw.ca



Reichenbach Falls on July 15, 2017



On Saturday, July 15, 2017 The Stormy Petrels will flock to Shannon Falls on the Sea-to-Sky.

[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 franziskah@shaw.ca

– “Reichenbach Falls” (Shannon Falls) ceremonial wreath tossing – 10:00am

– Train Museum and picnic in Squamish – 11:00am


-– Margaret Dennison Starrett gravesite visit at Capilano Cemetary, North Vancouver


–- “Toad Hall”

[Photo sources: Wikipedia and Flickr]

June 6, 2017 Meeting

“The Adventure of the Second Stain” was first published in The Strand Magazine in December 1904 and in Collier’s on January 28, 1905.

second stain

The morning paper announced: “A crime of mysterious character was committed last night at 16 Godolphin Street…”

How was this event connected to the two distinguished visitors to Baker Street?  One, Lord Bellinger (twice Premier of Britain, and the other, the Secretary for European Affairs.

Why did the Secretary’s wife call in at Baker Street? After her departure, Holmes, smiling, mentions to Watson: ” Now, Watson, the fair sex is your department.”

What did she want of Holmes?

Watson tells us that this was “…the most important international case which he (Holmes) has ever been called upon to handle…”


This adventure, the last in The Return, was ranked as #8 by ACD his list of 12 favourite stories.

Please join the Stormy Petrels as they discuss this case on Tuesday, June 6th at 7:00pm, meeting at their usual Hampton Place lounge.

Contact Fran for more info.

Bonus question:  What sort of weapon was used to rid the world of Eduardo Lucas?