Thursday, August 15, 2013

Loggers, Logging, and Log Rafts

Forest products are big business in B.C., and Dean Channel is clearly an important resource center. Logging equipment and camps were active here and there along the shore...

...and logging roads, old and new, wound along the slopes heading up into nearby valleys. I wonder how long it takes for new growth to mature and be ready to harvest.

The chart for Jenny Bay indicated a tempting spot to anchor, tucked away in a small niche behind a point. It must have been a great spot -  two logging camp barges were already situated there. We could have shared the bay, but the other mooring sites would not be as protected from afternoon winds and chop as that little niche. We moved on.

This old hulk was interesting to view and puzzle over. I wonder what its function was, and how and when did it end up on shore and upside down? 

Here's a puzzle: there are bushes on shore behind this log skid indicating it is no longer used, but there is a raft with fresh logs at the foot of the skid. Does the rusty metal skid indicate disuse or daily contact with salt water? I wonder. 

The logger manning the tiny yard tug had to work hard to tighten up the boom chains, doing the job the same way it has been done for decades... by hand. Obviously, logging is not for wimps. I wonder how much technology has changed the process over time, especially in remote areas? I wonder about a lot of things.

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