Riding the Reef: A Pan American Adventure with Love by Carol Nickisher (2005)
Bert Voortmeyer found himself unloading the SS North Haven in dangerous swells, digging trenches, and “riding the reef,” guiding the heavily loaded barges with lumber, fuel barrels, and thousands of other things across the reefs that surrounded both Midway and Wake. The living was rough, the work was hard, but he relished the experience. He and his buddies took lots of pictures during the expedition for Pan American Airways. Author Carol Nickisher, Bert’s daughter, captures the adventure in her book, Riding the Reef, a great read filled with amazing photos, letters home, and absorbing history.