Naval Architect, Marine Engineer, Author and Inventor

January 16, 1913 - September 24, 2011


Jan Furst was a retired Naval Architect and Marine Engineer, last living on Bowen Island, in British Columbia, Canada. Born in Oslo, Norway in 1913 and educated at the University of Danzig (now Gdansk) he worked in the Shipbuilding Industry in Norway and Canada for many years, then as a consultant to the offshore oil and marine industries in Canada, Indonesia, United States and Bahamas. He was a commissioner on the Royal Commission on the Ocean Ranger Disaster and now volunteers for marine related activities. He has an honorary doctorate from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
In 1931 he published his first book: “Kajakksport og Kajakkbygging,” a treatise on the construction and use of kayaks. He had a life-long interest in old Norse sagas and pre-Columbian North American history and culture.
Jan was a member of the Canadian Authors Association, Vancouver Branch, and attained his CTM from Toastmasters International Club #4028, Island Spirit. He was an active member of the Bowen Island community, and regularly enchanted and amused audiences with his storytelling.