Russel Brothers Limited OWEN SOUND, ONTARIO Steelcraft Boat Builders
Log Booms were made up of usually three or four 14 inch wide squared off timbers joined together to make a stout perimeter to enclose the logs within. Often, the logging boats would have to enter or leave the boom interior, which was done by just running over the timbers. The boats were constantly bumping around in a sea of logs, and had to be built tough to withstand decades of this sort of abuse. Below, Yves Cloutier recalls what it was like...
Have you ever had the chance to jump a 4 piece boom with a tug?...Look at the photo below and imagine the fun of jumping a boom this size.
Coming full speed ahead, about 300 feet or so in front of the boom, throttle down, line up the tug in the middle of one segment of the boom away from the chains, perpendicular. When the tug hits the boom, full speed ahead. The tug goes halfway out of the water until the tail of the boat clear the boom. Enough to scare anybody unused to this kind of sport!
If you are not going too fast, you can manage to keep the boat on the boom to let some logs escape. Full throttle ahead will make you slide off the boom slowly, with a scary feeling when the back of the boat is about to leave the boom. If you are not square.... get jour life Jacket or close the doors!
Nikauba rests in front of a 4 piece (56 inches wide) log boom, Grande Piles, QC
Boom Jumping: The front of the Rapide Blanc almost completely out of the water after hitting a 42 in. piece of boom. Notice the water coming on the back of the boat....Picture taken at La Trenche Qc., in 1973.
We had also to jump on occasion 4 piece booms (56 in. wide)..... It's recommended to hit square and to push the throttle to the max after the hit if you don't want to get stuck.
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