Boats were the most important mode of transportation. All types of boats, and we used them in all types of weather. More than once we ran out of fuel, or broke down, and waited for someone to help us. Despite the seeming isolation, the waterways were highways, and there was always some one going back and forth.

Brian's girlfriend Lexy (they later married), Mom and Dad are seen here in our boat. I am standing on the "wharf", and Gary is at the wheel. The "wharf" was a string of pairs of logs lashed together with cables and joined to another section with boom chains, to allow us to moor the boat beyond low tide mark. Brian is taking the picture.

Graeme, Lexy, Mom, Dad (standing, l to r) Gary at wheel

Brian is sawing a log in the foreground. In the background is another view of our boat, with our dog Butch

Brian sawing log

Airplanes also figured prominently in the daily commercial transportation of the islands. The aircraft were always on floats, there were no runways on any of the islands. Healthy loggers, injured loggers, miners, timber cruisers, tourists all routinely travelled by air. We rarely used them, as it was too expensive, but I did get a couple of flights while I lived on Read. When we did fly, Island Air, Campbell River was the charter outfit we used.

DeHaviland Beaver DeHaviland Beaver

My favourite aircraft is the Beaver, pictured here. Along with all the Boeing 7x7s, I have flown in most float-equipped Cessnas, a Grumman Goose operated by Queen Charlotte Air, a few Airbus variants, the larger DC-Xs, and the original, the DC-3, and a couple of L10-11s. The Beaver is the best. The Goose and the DC-3 are close seconds. Everything else is fifth.

A Goose is pictured here

A Goose