Elsie Hulsizer, Photographer and Writer
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Writer, photographer, sailor, oceanographer -- in her writing Elsie Hulsizer shares her fascination with natural and human history.  Whether you journey in  your own boat or by cruise ship or armchair, having one of her books along is like having a scientist, historian and storyteller on board.

Harbour Publishing, 2005

An exquisitely crafted story of a quarter-century of discovery that will delight sailors and nonsailors alike. By choosing the difficult windward route, up Vancouver Island’s rugged outer coast, the author and her husband encountered wild weather, interesting characters, and stories of fascinating history. Beautifully illustrated with color photographs.


Elsie Hulsizer acquired her fascination with the sea growing up on the shores of Puget Sound and learning to sail on an 18ft wooden sloop.  That fascination took her to the University of Washington where she earned a master’s degree in biological oceanography, and then to a career in environmental management in Rhode Island, Philadelphia and Seattle. Retired now, she lives in Seattle, cruises every summer and writes in the winter. Her early interest in the sea grew to a fascination with the cultural, geological and historical factors that shape a region.


In 1978-79 Elsie and her husband Steve sailed their Chesapeake 32ft sloop, Velella, from Boston to Seattle via the Panama Canal and Hawaii.  In Seattle they traded Velella for Osprey, an Annapolis 44 sloop which they have sailed extensively in northwest waters. Their journeys have included over twenty visits to the West Coast of Vancouver Island, two visits to Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) and five visits to Southeast Alaska (the most recent in 2013).


Between sailing adventures on the Osprey, Elsie serves on the Washington State Board of Pilotage Commissioners, which licenses the pilots who guide ships into Puget Sound, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Seattle’s Center for Wooden Boats.


In addition to her books, Elsie’s articles and photographs have appeared in local and national boating magazines in the U.S. and Canada. 


Click cover to order from Harbour Publishing, B.C.
Harbour Publishing (2010). Honorable Mention, Foreword Reviews, Travel Essays category


A captivating tale of adventure illustrated with beautiful black and white and color photographs. The author takes us off the beaten path to find the “real” Southeast Alaska -- in stories of calving glaciers, bears feeding along the shoreline, small coastal fishing villages and vibrant Native communities.




Recent stories of Elsie and Steve's travels and essays on practical aspects of cruising.




A graduate of the Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW) in Seattle, Elsie has displayed her photographs at cafes and galleries in the Seattle area including a major exhibit at the Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center. 

To see these photos, go to Elsie's flickr page:



Where to find Elsie Hulsizer's books


Click on the book cover to order Glaciers, Bears and Totems directly from Harbour Publishing in Madeira Park, British Columbia. Voyages to Windward recently went out of print and is not currently available from Harbour. It will be reprinted soon as a paperback. You can still find copies of the hardcover book at some local bookstores. 


If you are a Ballard resident, click here to order either book from the Secret Garden Bookstore. 

In the Seattle area, both books are also available from Captain's Nautical Supplies. Call before going for a copy of Voyages to Windward. Fisheries Marine Supply sells Glaciers, Bears and Totems.


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