Timber rafts on Guyan River, Huntington, WV
Vintage Logging

Vintage logging – Log rafts

Each Saturday morning I review 10 vintage logging, forestry and saw milling photos. This week’s review of vintage photos takes a look at the woodsmen making log rafts to travel downstream or across the bay.

Be sure to click on each picture to see the larger images.

Tractor crawler pushing logs out to make a river raft.
Tractor crawler pushing logs out to make a river raft.

1870s Log transport in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia)
1870s Log transport in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia)

1950 Boat towing logs, Digby Nova Scotia.
1950 Boat towing logs, Digby Nova Scotia.

A fishing boat towing two rafts on the tide to Digby. The logs had previously been rolled from the forest edge down to the tide water and made into rafts. It takes two tides to complete the operation and the average run takes twelve hours to complete the trip. Source: Nova Scotia Archives.


1950 Keith Potter Bay of Fundy mill operations.
1950 Keith Potter Bay of Fundy mill operations.

Lumberman from Clare piling logs into rafts that will be towed to Digby on the tide. Keith Potter’s salt-water logging operations. Twelve miles from Digby, on the Bay of Fundy. August, 1950. Source: Nova Scotia Archives


1950 Keith Potter mill in Marshalltown, Digby County Nova Scotia.
1950 Keith Potter mill in Marshalltown, Digby County Nova Scotia.

Logs towed on the tide from the Bay of Fundy, lying at the municipal pier in Digby, where they are winched up, sawed to lengths and loaded on trucks for Keith Potter’s Marshalltown mill. Digby. August, 1950.


1950 Keith Potter mill
1950 Keith Potter mill

Lumberman from Clare piling logs into rafts that will be towed to Digby on the tide. Keith Potter’s salt-water logging operations. Twelve miles from Digby, on the Bay of Fundy. August, 1950. Source: Nova Scotia Archives.


Keith Potter's mill, Marshalltown, Nova Scotia.
Keith Potter’s mill, Marshalltown, Nova Scotia.

Logs towed on the tide to Digby are sawed up in lengths at the municipal pier and loaded on trucks for Keith Potter’s Marshalltown mill. August 1950. Source; Nova Scotia Archives.


1950 Keith Potter mill operations.
1950 Keith Potter mill operations.

Logs are rolled down from the forest and piled into rafts below tidewater. Keith Potter’s salt-water logging operations. Twelve miles from Digby, on the Bay of Fundy. August, 1950. Source: Nova Scotia Archives


Moving logs to New Orleans through the West End channel.
Moving logs to New Orleans through the West End channel.

Timber rafts on Guyan River, Huntington, WV
Timber rafts on Guyan River, Huntington, WV.

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