Monday, August 14, 2006

Log Booms

Looking South West from SW Marine Drive over a log boom towards the airport (barely visible in distance on left).

Looking West from SW Marine Drive over the log boom. The mountains seen in the distance are on Vancouver Island.

Log booms are big business in British Columbia. Having so much forestry industry, there is a need for felled trees to be sorted into types and grades before being shipped off to sawmills and other log customers.

The logs are normally 'dragged' down the coast by tugs and can be a great length, often several hundred metres in length. At night, tugs must display a visible warning light to indicate their length to other vessels.

So, that pine chest of drawers you have in your bedroom may have once been floating in the waters off Vancouver !

A & D

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