John’s Believe It Or Not… May 16th

* 1806 – Philemon Wright starts his first timber raft down the Ottawa River. * 1944 – First of Over 180 Thousand Hungarian Jews reach Auschwitz * 1943 Warsaw Ghetto uprising ends * 2014 Pioneering TV journalist Barbara Walters signs off * 1964 Mary Wells gives Motown Records its first #1 hit with “My Guy”


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* 1806 – Philemon Wright starts his first timber raft down the Ottawa River.

Quebec and Canada’s forest industry began as a solution to the supply problems that started to plague Great Britain in 1802. Because of the hostilities that pitted France against England, British shipbuilding yards were short of wood to repair the ships of the British fleet. And since Britain’s power was directly related to its dominion of the seas, the British navy turned to Canada for a solution. In 1804, to encourage imports of Canadian timber, Great Britain introduced its first tariff on wood imported from the Scandinavian countries, from Prussia, and from Russia. This was the beginning of Colonial Preference. Three objectives were sought by the adoption of this tax, namely the increase of the price of wood imported from the countries located on the Baltic Sea; a change in the trading practices of the British merchants; and the making of Canadian timber more competitive on the British market. This first tariff gave birth to Canada’s forest economy. The Continental blockade ordered by Napoleon in 1807 prohibited European countries from trading with Great Britain. The result was an accelerated growth of the timber trade, fostered by the introduction of new tariffs, and Canadian timber flooded the British market. In 1812, when the blockade fell, the Canadian timber trade was firmly established. Britain’s protectionist tariff policies remained in effect until the early 1840s, which contributed to the continued growth of the lumber trade, in Canada, in Quebec, and in the Outaouais. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… May 16th”

John’s Believe It Or Not… May 16th

In 1806 Philemon Wright starts his first timber raft down the Ottawa River. In 1943 Allied Dambusters raid on Mohne & Eder dams. In 1975 A nurse steals another woman’s unborn baby. In 1975 Japanese woman scales Everest. In 1717 Voltaire is imprisoned in the Bastille.

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* 1806 – Philemon Wright starts his first timber raft down the Ottawa River. (The Ottawa River timber trade, also known as the Ottawa Valley timber trade or Ottawa River lumber trade, was the nineteenth-century production of wood products by Canada on areas of the Ottawa River destined for British and American markets. It was the major industry of the historical colonies of Upper Canada and Lower Canada and it created an entrepreneur known as a lumber baron. The trade in squared timber and later sawed lumber led to population growth and prosperity to communities in the Ottawa Valley, especially the city of Bytown (now Ottawa, the capital of Canada). The product was chiefly red and white pine. The industry lasted until around 1900 as both markets and supplies decreased. The industry came about following Napoleon’s 1806 Continental Blockade in Europe causing the United Kingdom to require a new source of timber, especially for its navy and shipbuilding. Later the U.K.’s application of gradually increasing preferential tariffs increased Canadian imports. The first part of the industry, the trade in squared timber lasted until about the 1850s. The transportation for the raw timber was first by means of floating down the Ottawa River, proved possible in 1806 by Philemon Wright.[1] Squared timber would be assembled into large rafts which held living quarters for men on their six-week journey to Quebec City, which had large exporting facilities and easy access to the Atlantic Ocean.) Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… May 16th”