From the logging camps (6)

“Port Renfrew 50 Years Later” completes the scrapbook made for me, by my father, John Oliver Hemmingsen. He called it “Forest Regeneration”.1

Previous posts covered much of the book. This part accounts for a trip Dad made to the area with Uncle Bob, with my older brother John, in 1990.  For some time by then, there were roads into Port Renfrew. 

Definition of Uncle Bob: Robert Mathias Hemmingsen whom I seldom saw because he was Canadian Military, who, I nevertheless adored for his strong loving impact upon my life.2

Hemmingsen Family Collection at © 2018

Of course “top left” is now “below”

Hemmingsen Family Collection at © 2018
Hemmingsen Family Collection at © 2018

Tall. Girth in progress. Hmm. I guess I need to find the pictures from MY visit.   My “set” required three pictures, one on top of the other, to view the forest from floor to full height. Mine lined up, so individual trees could be appreciated.

Hemmingsen Family Collection at © 2018

The meat house is mentioned in the above segment. Earlier posts show the other edifices, now long gone. The dining, cook and meat houses were for the logging crew. They had huge appetites that had to be fed, not necessarily on a conventional breakfast, lunch and dinner timetable.

Hemmingsen Family Collection at © 2018
Hemmingsen Family Collection at © 2018

The reader need not do this trek to see the structures Dad referenced, for they are displayed in previous posts on this site.

Dad took my younger brother, Sean, and myself on the same journey ten years later.  Port Renfrew was, as I have been telling you, green. And blue. Blues and greens graying to slate, always changing. Ferns and moss and dew. Cones and their giant parents who hide the forest’s fauna. Creeks from drizzle, roaming to sea, finding the beach. Crashing waves throwing their suds into the crispest of air, opening a new glorious vista.

Blue teddy would tell you that life was wonderful there.

Left: Hemmingsen-Cameron Co. Ltd. operation at Port Renfrew, B. C. in 1940 – and in 1990 when our family revisited the area – 50 years after they replanted it for forest regeneration. For additional posts on HEMMINGSEN LOGGING HISTORY in northwestern Wisconsin, on Vancouver Island and in Newfoundland CLICK HERE


  1. John Oliver Hemmingsen (1913-2008) authored the scrapbook entitled “Forest Regeneration”. All postings and pictures are © 2018 The Hemmingsen Family Collection. Posthumously published at this blog, protected under its copyright, below. All rights reserved.
  2. Robert Mathias Hemmingsen (1920-2004) joined the Royal Canadian Artillery in 1935 (at 15!) and served overseas as a CANLOAN Officer with the 7th Seaforth Highlanders. He served in Korea with the RCA.  Uncle Bob married Marjorie Haslett (Lindgren) – my dear Aunt Ticky – and gave us wonderful cousins, Randall Haslett, and Matt and Piers Hemmingsen.

9 thoughts on “From the logging camps (6)

  1. And Mary Hemmingsen and her daughter Geneva went to Port Renfrew yesterday. (Aug 13/2018) We have been and stayed in a rental house with Sean and Nicholas and Kate Hemmingsen a few years ago.

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  2. It’s fun to read about their search for the old logging sites. It’s wonderful that they were able to eventually locate Site #2. I like the suggestion that the trees may have regenerated so successfully because of the horse waste on the ground in the 1930’s and 40’s. I never would have thought of it, but it makes sense to me.


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