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Sternwheelers and Canyon Cats: Whitewater Freighting on the Upper Fraser

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Forbidding canyons, raging rapids and menacing rocks--this was the daily challenge that faced whitewater men who worked the wild rivers and creeks to bring freight and supplies to northern BC in the years before the Grand Trunk Railway. In particular, the Grand Canyon of British Columbia's Fraser River was infamous for swallowing at least 200 luckless occupants of rafts and small craft between the years 1862-1921. Sternwheelers and Canyon Cats: Whitewater Freighting on the Upper Fraser is the story of the "Canyon Cats" who made their living running the Grand Canyon and other equally dangerous waterways; men such as George Williams, affectionately known to his peers as "The Wizard of the River," and Frank Freeman, a powder expert who tamed the wildest water by blowing out many of the worst boulders and logjams thereby allowing safer passage for the scows, sternwheelers, rafts and boats that travelled the murky river.

A total of twelve steamers worked the upper Fraser River during the period 1862-1921 and the dangers faced by these vessels and their steel-nerved captains are legend. It was a perilous existence hauling supplies to the isolated construction camps of the GTP Railroad and in retrospect it seems ironic that these steamers were made obsolete by this same railway upon its completion. Sternwheelers and Canyon Cats: Whitewater Freighting on the Upper Fraser is a chronicle of the men whose feats almost defy belief and whose contribution to BC history has gone long unrecognized.

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This book tells the story of men called "Canyon Cats" who worked on whitewater freighters in British Columbia, focusing on the Grand Canyon of the Upper Fraser River during the period of 1862-1921. Boudreau draws from newspapers, books, magazines, and historical quarterlies to describe the navigation of waterways, specific steamers, those who were lost, and the impact of the railroad. Boudreau is the author of Mountains, Campfires & Memories, Crazy Man's Creek, and Grizzly Bear Mountain. Distributed in the US by Graphic Arts Center Publishing.
Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

This book tells the story of men called "Canyon Cats" who worked on whitewater freighters in British Columbia, focusing on the Grand Canyon of the Upper Fraser River during the period of 1862-1921. Boudreau draws from newspapers, books, magazines, and historical quarterlies to describe the navigation of waterways, specific steamers, those who were lost, and the impact of the railroad. Boudreau is the author of Mountains, Campfires & Memories, Crazy Man's Creek, and Grizzly Bear Mountain. Distributed in the US by Graphic Arts Center Publishing. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The story of men who braved the dangerous waterways of the uppper Fraser River to build the GTP Railway.

About the Author

Born in 1933 in the small community of Penny, BC, Jack Boudreauhas devoted his professional life to British Columbia's forest industry, working as a licensed scaler, industrial first-aid attendant and forest firefighter, mostly with the Ministry of Forests. From early childhood he has had a strong interest in the outside world, pursuing mountain-climbing, fishing, skiing and the research of grizzly bears and wildflowers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781894759205
Author:
Boudreau, Jack
Publisher:
Caitlin Press
Foreword by:
Nash, Mike
Foreword:
Nash, Mike
Subject:
Ships & Shipbuilding - History
Subject:
Canada - Post-Confederation (1867-)
Subject:
History
Subject:
Maritime History
Subject:
World History-Canada
Copyright:
Edition Description:
book
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 photos, &, illustrations
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x .75 in 380 gr

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