Log Barges

LOG BARGES were first used in the 1920s to transport logs along the coast from cutting sites to southern SAWMILLS. The earliest barges were old ships' hulls converted for the purpose. One of these was the MALAHAT, a former rum-runner converted by Gordon GIBSON in 1935 into the world's first self-propelled, self-loading log carrier. Self-dumping barges were introduced in 1954, and by the 1960s cranes had been added for self-loading and barges had replaced DAVIS RAFTS as the main log transporters...

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