1989.69.108 | River Bank Full of Logs

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River Bank Full of Logs
1911, 20th century
12 x 15.5 cm
Gift of Sylvia Yeoman
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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The fluctuating water levels, current speeds and winding patterns of New Brunswick rivers and streams were often enough to test the patience of any driver. At the same time, everyone was aware of the potential for problems and mishaps. The peavey proved indispensable when logs became snagged on riverbanks.

Source : All in a Day's Work: Lumbering in New Brunswick [Web tour], by New Brunswick Museum (see Links)

  • What

    By 1880, log drives took place on 234 eastern Canadian rivers.

  • Where

    At every riverbend, men were stationed with pike poles and peaveys to keep the logs moving.

  • When

    Water levels could fall in an ill-timed drive, leaving an entire harvest "hung up" until the following spring.

  • Who

    If a log threatened to hang up the drive, a driver would leap into the icy water to free it.