Danny Sailor, Logger Legend
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Danny Sailor, Logger Legend

Danny Sailor became the World Champion Logger in 1962, wearing Dayton Boots. Sailor’s act consisted of racing up a 100 foot high fir tree, doing handstands, headstands, and sometimes the Charleston, without the benefit of a safety net.

“I put a 12-pound weight on each foot when I’m practicing,” explained Sailor, “and when I take them off I feel like I’m flying”.

Like so many Dayton wearers, Sailor was unconventional. A prairie boy who came west to British Columbia, Danny:

  • was a strict vegetarian
  • had a soft spot for the Dukabours – once allowing 1,300 of them to camp on his Surrey farm - while delivering them 500 loaves of bread
  • stayed up a pole for 28 days in 1959 to help raise money for the poor
  • was fined $25 for a missing mudguard on his truck. He was broke, so he agreed to spend five days in Oakalla Prison. Word of his imprisonment leaked out - and the fine was quickly paid by an anonymous fan.

By 1968, Sailor was making $30,000 a year, touring U.S. cities with his highflying act. His winning footwear became a source of much curiosity and the Dayton Boot Company began receiving orders from U.S. loggers. Sailor won a total of 35 logging trophies, wearing Dayton Boots. In his signature move, he would climb to the top of a 120-foot pole, do a jig, throw his tin hat in the air – and then beat it in a race to the ground.

Danny Sailor, a Dayton original.

Danny Sailor c/o Vancouver Public Library ArchivesDanny Sailor and Daytons


  • wm(bill)small

    I was on the road with Danny in 1969 with his nefew Johnny Pringle doing the sports show curcuit. We did a double act in Memphis with two poles. He was close with a buck, liked to shop in dollar stores. His bargen hunting also applied to professional women. That said, he could also be very generous. Last time I saw him was 1980 when he invited me on a free trip to Porto Viarta. We met where else but the bargan floor of Woodwards in Vancouver.I could’nt make it then and so we settled for a beer and conversation. If he is still alive he would be in his 90"s. At that time he said he’d just sold his property in Surrey for 1.7 million and that he had a business in Mexico.

  • Wayne Lind

    I am 67 now and still can see Danny up the pole. my Dad and I thought he was and is the best guy ever up a pole. God Bless You Danny

  • Raymond Jones

    I worked for Danny Sailor at his place in surrey . He paid me for pulling nails out of all the used lumber he had . He let me drive his trucks around in the back forty , showed me pics of circus girls and fed me . That was back in the 70’s when I was a teenager , I always felt like I was around a legend , never forgot him , never will .
    Thankyou Danny Sailor

  • terry vulcano

    I also saw Danny in Nelson at the fair held behind the Civic Centre. I don’t recall if it was late fifties or early sixties but he did his jig at top and raced his hat to the bottom. Amazing feat – I got his autograph.

  • Greg Brock

    I just saw, for the first time an installment of the Hollywood Palace from October 8, 1966 and was blown away by Danny Sailor’s performance. I have Googled him and cannot find out what became of him. Your boot company popped up as he did ads for Dayton. Is there anyone with access to info as to what happened to him?

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