TONIGHT! Saturday, July 10, 2021

Saturday, July 10, at 6:30 pm

Roger Moody presents LOGGING TOWBOATS & BOOM JUMPERS

Come hear the fascinating account of O.A. Harkness, a mechanical innovator, helping Great Northern Paper Company become the largest paper mill in the world by building a specialized inland navy to move logs to the mill. 

Mr. Moody details how Harkness also operated an inventive logging tramway, a fleet of Lomard haulers, and a landlocked wilderness railroad to move logs from the St. John watershed to the Penobscot River. Great Northern was a major employer in the Moosehead Lake region and in the Millinocket area. 

Tonight in LOGGING TOWBOATS & BOOM JUMPERS, he tells about Harkness’s true mechanical genius at a time, from 1903 to 1951, that propelled Great Northern to the pinnacle of success through these innovative timber transport systems.

Location: The Center for Moosehead History, 6 Lakeview Street, East Cove in downtown Greenville, Maine. Note: The new signs on the building read: Moosehead Cultural Heritage Center!

Mr. Moody is a regular contributor of articles to Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazines, which is published in Rockland. He specializes in writing about Maine maritime history and historical boats. He has a camp on Moosehead Lake and has a particular interest in the 1942 Virginia, the only steamboat on Moosehead Lake to have had a clipper bow, bowsprit, and two masts. Her cabin interior and exterior were all varnished brightwork. She was owned by Garret Schenck, one of the founders of Great Northern Paper Company.

Program is $5 at the door.