Giant Timber Raft, 1888

A giant timber raft, 595 feet long and 55 feet wide, containing 22,000 ‘sticks’ (logs) was floated from the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia to the Erie Basin, Brooklyn, in 1888.
An experiment in cost savings, it was calculated that if the wood was transported following the standard method of the day it would have taken 44 schooners.

Date:

1888

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Sources:

  • "The Big Timber Raft", The Manufacturer and Builder Volume 0020 Issue 9. September 1888
    found in: Making of America (digital archive)

    “A Remarkable Raft” Scientific American.. v. 58-59 September 1, 1888. https://books.google.com/books?id=dhI4AQAAMAAJ (accessed 2016)



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