Island Timber by Richard Somerset Mackie Comox Logging Company Vancouver Island
Island Timber by Richard Somerset Mackie Comox Logging Company Vancouver Island
Island Timber by Richard Somerset Mackie Comox Logging Company Vancouver Island
Island Timber by Richard Somerset Mackie Comox Logging Company Vancouver Island
Island Timber by Richard Somerset Mackie Comox Logging Company Vancouver Island
Island Timber by Richard Somerset Mackie Comox Logging Company Vancouver Island
Island Timber by Richard Somerset Mackie Comox Logging Company Vancouver Island

Island Timber by Richard Somerset Mackie Comox Logging Company Vancouver Island

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Island Timber by Richard Somerset Mackie Comox Logging Company Vancouver Island
 
Island Timber by Richard Somerset Mackie
A social history of the Comox Logging Company Vancouver Island
Soft Cover
309 pages
Copyright 2000
CONTENTS
Preface / 5 Acknowledgements / 7
CHAPTER 1The Settlers and Their Farms / 9
     2Logging the Rivers and Shoreline / 26
     3Full Steam: 1910-1914 / 49
     4    Making the Homeguard / 75
     5 Headquarters / 93
     6    The Outer Camps / 114
     7    Preparing the Ground / 146
    8Falling and Bucking / 162
    9Strictly Logging / 177
    10Out of the Forest, Across the Strait / 206
   11 Homeguard Seasons / 240
   12 The Aftermath / 263
Glossary / 286
Metric Conversion Chart / 291
Bibliography / 292
Index / 300
ON THE BACK COVER:
Richard Somerset Mackie charts the history of one of the largest logging concerns on coastal British Columbia-the Comox Logging Company-from the turn of the twentieth century to the devastating Great Fire of 1938. With 450 employees, six huge steam-powered skidders, a dozen locomotives, hundreds of miles of track, and sole access to the great Douglas fir forests between Courtenay and Campbell River, Comox Logging boomed and towed billions of board feet of timber from Vancouver Island to Fraser Mills at New Westminster-then the largest sawmill in the British Empire.
But Island Timber is much more than the story of the heroic age of coastal logging. This innovative and entertaining book is rich with stories, humour, and pithy sidebars on coastal legends like Spit Quinn, Sailor Lehtonen, Hooker Johnson, Big Jack McKenzie, Highpockets Hughie Cliffe, and Jack "Greasy" McQuinn. Island Timber is also the first social and community history of a logging company in British Columbia. It highlights loggers from Britain, Scandinavia, and elsewhere, who found careers and homes on Vancouver Island, and it centres on the "Comox Homeguard"-the company elite famous for their farming and family connections in the Comox Valley.
This is logging history up close and personal. Mackie interviewed 150 people directly involved in the early logging industry and the book is packed with stories and dozens of stunning photographs and maps that have never before appeared in print.
This may look like "local history" but by the time Richard Mackie has told us the story of the Comox Logging Company, he's done much more than that. With its cast of colourful characters, its comic and tragic episodes, its precise information on how old-time logging was done, its battles lost and sometimes won, accounts of cultural practices, humorous anecdotes, and even a dictionary of local terms, this book rivals the national epics of some small countries! It's a wonderful story of how a place and its people came to be what they are.
- JACK HODGINS, AUTHOR OF Broken Ground
In this fine history of the glory days of logging in an area of Vancouver Island that because of its magnificent stands of timber was sometimes called the loggers' Eden, Richard Mackie tells us not only how the logging was done but who the loggers and their families were, not only how they worked but how they lived, established new communities, and sustained and reshaped older ones. The numerous interviews he has conducted with loggers and their relatives have enabled him to explore many of the human dimensions of coastal logging more fully than any previous historian; and he assesses fairly the benefits and the costs, both human and environmental, of this logging during its heyday.
- ALLAN PRITCHARD, EDITOR OF Vancouver Island Letters of Edmund Hope Verney 1862-65

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