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The Life

All in a few days work.

Felling, limbing, and bucking Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar into transportable lengths was a time consuming, labour-intensive job. 

A-frame and donkey engines on the water used for winching logs from the shore and positioning them in a 'boom' of logs that will be towed to a sawmill or pulp mill.

The crew of 'Rangitangs' at the Whalen-O'Malley camp in Noootka Sound, Vancouver Island. Len Whalen is third from the right. 

Seagull eye view of Albert Moore's float camp in Winter Harbour on northern Vancouver Island ner Port Alice - site of an original Whalen Pulp & Paper mill. 

Dear Mr. Whalen...

This letter to the Vancouver Sun, from a Mrs Margaret Eilertsen, the resident of a logging camp north of Port Hardy, B.C, was one of many wanting to see a return of the Rangitang cartoons in the Vancouver Sun. 

A little family history... 

Since the mid 1800's, the Whalen family was part of the Canadian landscape. Emigrating from Ireland in the 1840's to Collingwood, Ontario, and then to Fort William (Port Arthur) in 1880. The head of the family, James Whalen, began a business empire that included mining, ship building, logging, saw-milling, and pulp and paper. 

It was the forestry side of the business that brought the four Whalen brothers to British Columbia where they were involved in three pulp mills and various logging and saw-milling operations until the 1930's. 

Leonard George Whalen was born in Vancouver, B.C in 1911, the son of William (Bill-Bill) Whalen (pictured left), one of the four Whalen brothers who owned and operated the mills of Whalen Pulp &Paper Company. 

The Mills...

Wood Fiber Mill and Lumber Yard - Mill Creek, B.C

Port Alice pulp mill - Port Alice, B.C

Swanson Bay pulp mill - Swanson Bay, B.C