Richard Somerset Mackie

richard somerset mackie

Richard Mackie works as associate editor and book reviews editor of the journal BC Studies. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Geography at UBC and author of four books with Sono Nis Press: a biography of the Canadian naturalist Mack Laing (1985), a biography of the surveyor George Drabble (The Wilderness Profound, 1995), and two Vancouver Island logging histories, Island Timber (2000) and Mountain Timber (2009). He has also written books for UBC Press and Harbour Pubishing.

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Titles by the Author

Island Timber

Richard Somerset Mackie charts the history of the largest logging concern on coastal British Columbia—the Comox Logging Company—from the turn of the twentieth century to the devastating Sayward fire of 1938. This story of the heroic age of coastal logging is rich with stories, humour, and pithy sidebars on coastal legends like Big Jack McKenzie, “Greasy” McQuinn, “Promise Bob” Filberg, “Highpockets” Hughie Cliffe, Boomstick Thompson, and Sailor Lehtonen. Dozens of stunning photos and maps that have never before appeared in print.