Jan de Groot

Jan de Groot was born in 1932 in The Hague, Holland. He lived through the German occupation of Holland in the Second World War, and later, at the age of eighteen, he became a merchant mariner and roamed the world by sea. In 1957 he emigrated to Canada and in 1960 married a young Dutch woman who had also emigrated to Canada. They had two children, and Jan pursued a landlubbing career for thirteen years in the corporate world. In 1970, he returned to a seagoing life and operated a charter yacht in the Caribbean until 1980, divorcing and remarrying along the way.

Jan is a certified master of seagoing vessels, and upon his return to Canada in 1980 he became a marine surveyor, inspecting ships and yachts for prospective purchasers, banks, and insurance companies.

Jan is now a widower and lives in Langley, B.C. He regularly contributes articles to boating magazines, and he writes for De Krant, a Dutch newspaper distributed throughout the world mainly to Dutch emigrants. He has also self-published Buying the Right Boat, a how-to book for yachting enthusiasts, and two books about his adventures in the Caribbean, No Shoes Allowed and Gone to Come Back.

Titles by the Author

The Riddle of the Raven

When Jan de Groot purchased the 140-foot gaff-rigged ketch, The Raven, he had no idea of the bizarre series of events that were soon to follow.

The compelling true story of a ghost ship, The Riddle of the Raven is an unforgettable story of adventure and tragedy.

978-1-55039-183-1  •  6 x 9  •  200 pp  •  photos  •  paper  •  $15.95

Also available in a Kindle Edition.


Click here to download more information about Riddle of the Raven (pdf format).

Watch a video trailer for Jan de Groot's ghost ship memoir, The Riddle of the Raven. Available spring 2011.

A Boy in War

When Jan is seven, Nazis attack and take over Holland. At first, not much changes. Soon, though, war starts taking things away: important things like neighbours and friends, trust and respect, even clothing, fuel, and food. Through it all, Jan is still a boy, finding ways to play with friends and paddle his sailing canoe in the canals. But he must also filch food and help protect his father's "guests" from the enemy.

An exciting, touching true story of the Second World War, told by the Dutch Canadian who lived it.

Also available in a Kindle Edition.

186 pp • 6 x 9 
ISBN 1-55039-167-4, ISBN 13 978-1-55039-167-1 • paperback • $13.95

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