Farley is quite the individual.
Last I heard he is still alive. He has a bit of land in Cape Breton and, upon his death, it will go over to a nature preserve to protect the "others." The "others" are all living things not human. He is quite the conservationist. One of the more active sea conservation societies "Sea Shepard" named a boat after him, but I think it quickly sank. How appropriate.
I found "The Boat That Wouldn't Float" wonderful. It is an all too accurate description of life in Newfoundland
, though much has changed since then. He pissed off quite a few people on the Rock with his book about folks killing a whale.
Another good read is "Grey Seas Under." Fabulous read but I would not take all of it as the Gods Honest Truth.
I have read several of his books
. He is not afraid to put forth unpopular opinions or stories and at times you have to read him with a fair grain of salt
. Yet I respect him for being fearless in saying what he fells is right, even if he can not "prove" it. I don't think anyone ever complained of him talking behind their back.
Farley would quite likely have not survived on this or any other forum as he is quite famous for his tongue and opinions.
Clearly I admire him.
P.S. The "Happy Adventure" still exists and is on the hard
in Margaree Harbour, Cape Breton, or so I've been told.