|Logs waiting at the Ambajejus c1950 - click to enlarge|
Photo: Ambajejus Boom House via www.mainememory.net
Drivers, as they were called, were in one of the most dangerous occupations I can think of. Standing on top of a raft of logs loosely tied and making sure the logs stayed moving. They used Pike Poles to guide the logs and themselves, and Peaveys to sort the logs later. It's even hard to think of harder work, but I'm biased because I live here.
In Bangor near the Library there is a Memorial Statue of the River Driver, a lone man riding on a small group of logs. River drives polluted the rivers and the work stopped after the Clean Water Act.
|Skowhegan Falls, year unknown - click to enlarge|
Photo: Skowhegan Historical Society via www.mainememory.net
|Work starts on the West Branch of the Penobscot c1900 - click to enlarge|
Photo: Patten Lumberman's Museum via www.mainememory.net