A Language All Their Own, a Life unto Themselves: Lessons Learned, Friendships Earned and Stories Heard in the Float Camps of Southeast Alaska

A Language All Their Own, a Life unto Themselves: Lessons Learned, Friendships Earned and Stories Heard in the Float Camps of Southeast Alaska

by Bill Stewart

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Overview

A Language All Their Own, a Life Unto Themselyes was inspired by the author's experiences in the float-camps of Southeast Alaska. In years past, logging camps could be found hugging the rugged, rocky shoreline, floating hamlets buoyed from logs harvested out of the same forests that provided the inhabitants with their livelihood. Moored a world apart, the only way in or out of the camps was by boat or plane. Some camps were larger, some smaller, nestled in quiet coves, bays and inlets; shrouded in fog; drenched by the rain; occasionally warmed by the sun or locked in the ice of winter.

Each camp had its own stories of challenges faced, hardships endured, triumphs savored, tragedies borne and good times remembered. Each crew had its own characters and culls, heroes and slackers, greenhorns and old timers. The language they spoke, and the lifestyle they led, was uniquely their own. Like the citizens of most autonomous principalities, those who ruled the camps, and those who chose to be part of them, hoped they would last forever. This book preserves one man's view of the logging camps in verse for future generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588320162
Publisher: Unlimited Publishing LLC
Publication date: 03/28/2001
Pages: 116
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

The People
A Language All Their Own, a Life Unto Themselves3
Herb5
The Teacher7
Ode to Dorothy9
"Tiny"11
John Boy14
Tom Plank17
Ed's Revenge19
Greenhorn22
Hot Air Rises24
"Seven"26
Pike Pole Slim28
Tramp Logger30
"Enough Said"32
Their Work
Life was Simple, Work was Hard37
The Chokesetter Blues39
A Chaser42
A Chaser's Tale44
Pulling Rigging46
The Hooktender49
A Climber's Prayer51
Noontime on the Landing53
Fire Watch55
Haywire57
Wedging59
Jaggers61
The Race63
Tacky Lube65
Bellyaching67
Tall Tales69
Over One & Under Two71
Time Flies72
The Old Sled Yarder74
Their World
Camp Life79
Mixed Signals81
Remembrance83
Steak Nights, Harkey & the Louisiana II84
Mute Witness86
The Bunkhouse88
A Logger's Psalm90
Glossary95

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