Log Booming

LOG BOOMING is the sorting of floating logs into rafts, or booms, for transport from a LOGGING camp to a mill. In earlier usage it referred to the sorting of logs driven down rivers. In early coastal logging camps, logs were hauled, or skidded, from the stump to the salt water ("salt chuck") and dumped into a general holding area, or bullpen, defined by a string of logs attached end-to-end with "boom chains." In all but the smallest camps, a special boom crew sorted the logs: using pike poles...

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