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This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
Log Drive at Campbellton, New Brunswick
William J. Williams
1870-1880, 19th century
24.9 x 20.1 cm
Gift of Dr. Louise Manny Estate
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum

Keys to History:

The drivers' journey generally took them across a lake to an outlet river or brook that was connected, in turn, to a larger river and, eventually, the booms. If this trip sounds easy, it was anything but. Drivers were more often wet than dry and accidents from rolling and pitching logs were common.

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


A river driver's outfit consisted of calked, or spiked, boots for walking on the wet logs, a red and black mackinaw shirt, and pants slashed off at the calf to avoid getting snagged.


Campbellton is located in northern New Brunswick, on the south bank of the Restigouche River.


After a 15-hour day and four meals, the drivers snatched a few hours rest, sometimes amusing themselves with ghost stories such as the famous Dungarvon Whooper.


Some drivers were in the habit of stepping on logs and sinking them to wet their feet and legs, claiming they had better balance with wet feet.

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