New Maine history book from Moody

Nov 01, 2018
Roger A. Moody

Former Camden Town Manager Roger Allen Moody has written a new book: “Logging Towboats and Boom Jumper: The Story of O.A. Harkness, Logging ‘Admiral’ and Mechanical ‘Wizzard.’” It is published by North Country Press of Unity.

From 1903 to 1951, Harkness 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 diesel powered log boom tow boats and included designing dozens of diesel “boom jumpers,” to which were added a complex 3000-foot 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, first to sawmills and then to paper mills.

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.

Moody, an alum of Camden High School and the University of Maine, enjoyed a long public service career that included administrative assignments in State of Connecticut’s Department of Community Affairs and in the Town of East Hartford, Conn. In addition to Camden, he has served as municipal manager for the City of Ellsworth; and as School Department Business Manager for the City of Bangor. He was elected to two terms as Knox County Commissioner, 2008-12 and 2013-16.

For more information and to order the book, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.