Working aboard Ferries in the Mackenzie Delta has become a bit of a family tradition for the Firth’s of Fort McPherson.
Wilbert Firth says there’s been many Gwich’in deckhands, but his grandson Darcy is the first to climb to the rank of Captain.
“We’re pretty proud of him, and hope he paves a way for himself,” he told CKLB on Friday.
Wilbert served aboard the Abraham Francis which crosses the Peel River at Fort McPherson.
“For about five years I was a painter and maintenance man on it.”
Darcy has earned the nickname of “smooth operator,” by his peers as captain of the Louis Cardinal which crosses the Arctic Red to Tsiigehtchic.