Back in the days of the lumberjack and river drive, supplies and equipment were moved up Maine's most remote river by towboats - large, wooden barge-like vessels - which were towed upriver by horses or oxen on the shore. In this story, eleven-year-old Ben takes the trip of a lifetime when he accompanies his Uncle Horace on one of the last towboat trips up Maine's wild Allagash River. Along the way he encounters moose and bear, meets new friends, and makes some surprising discoveries about himself and Maine's north woods.
Rich in history, lore, and culture, Allagash River Towboat portrays a colorful side of Maine's history and provides readers a glimpse of the life of Maine rivermen in the 1930s. Ben's exciting and unforgettable adventure will be enjoyed by readers of any age.