ROCKLAND - Join local author Roger Moody for an illustrated talk about his book, Logging Towboats and Boom Jumpers, The Story of O.A. Harkness, on Thursday, March 28 at 2 p.m. in Rockland Public Library's Community Room.
Orris Albert “O.A.” Harkness was a true mechanical genius. From 1903 to 1951, he contributed significantly to the success of the Penobscot Log Driving Company and the Great Northern Paper Company in Maine’s Penobscot River timberlands by utilizing the developing technologies of the times to move logs efficiently to paper mills. His career began with designing and constructing several log boom tow boats and included designing dozens of “boom jumpers.” His responsibilities expanded to include oversight of a complex 3000' tramway, steam and gasoline powered Lombard log haulers, a specialized railroad, sophisticated pulpwood conveyors, and crawler tractors, all to move harvested logs to and along the waters of the East and West Branches of the Penobscot River, initially to sawmills and then to paper mills.
Through his great personal energy, inventiveness, creativity, ability to keep complicated machinery and mechanical systems in operation, and his intelligence in understanding GNP Co.’s competitive position and how to further it, emerges a fascinating narrative. The book includes many photographs of the time, as it explores logging in the Penobscot and Allagash watersheds. Written for those who are intrigued by history, it also contains expansive historical information about the many aspects of logging in the first half of the 20th century.
Roger Moody’s own history includes an undergraduate education at the University of Maine, a graduate degree from Syracuse University, many years of municipal and school management in Maine, and service for eight years as a Knox County, Maine, Commission.
After the talk, books will be available for purchase and signing.
Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union St. in Rockland. This event, sponsored by the Friends of the Rockland Library and the Rockland Public Library, is free and open to the public. For more information please call (207) 594-0310.