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Re: Articles about the Vikings & logs

Dear Niven,
If we are talking about past memories, of one's formative years, in foreign countries, Jeffrey Archer better watch his step if you ever decide to put pen to paper, in fact Mills & Boon could have a completely different attraction to woman.
See you soon, I am just about to set off from Manchester, back to the home land.
In haste, because I could not resist.
Ian of Noss
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2000 10:12 AM
Subject: Re: Articles about the Vikings & logs

At 20:07 09/05/00 -0400, you wrote:
Dear Laurel,
                  During my ten years in British Columbia. I spent almost a
year with the Straits Towing Company on a tug boat called the Fury Straits. 
We would leave Vancouver B.C. and in about thirtysix hours arrive at a spot
called West Bay on Vancouver Island.  It was nearby Santula on an island
across from it,  We would spend a few days putting together flat booms of 72
sections of logs.  This was done by walking across the various rafts which
had been made up by the loggers.  They brought down logs from the forests on
the island and dumping them in the water.  Then they would put logs at the
sides called Side sticks, logs at each end, called head sticks and tail
sticks then logs were laid across the top, cant remember what we called
them... these were all drilled with holes to allow wires to join them
together.   When we had them all lined up we would attach a towing bridal
with a yoke which was gradually let out from the stern of the tugboat as we
started on our way back to Vancouver.  Our return jouney would take from 5 to
6 weeks account a speed of only one or two knots and having to tie up when
the tide changed and going through several narrows where you had to wait your
turn to get through account very strong tides and many other tugs waiting
also.  Thought it might be interesting for you to know that a Sinclair was
involved at this late date in such an endevour. 

Remember that Scotland and Ireland were all covered with forests in those
early years as was Finland and Sweden, so there were plenty of places to go
for logs. Of course there was always the problem of not being received in a
friendly fashion but the Vikings never worried about that.   All the best,
Donald J.H.
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I know you are my cousin but you have had such an adventurous, varied
and interesting life that you should begin jotting your memories down.

Your reply on "logging" shows that you have a 'gift' for graphic description
and almost total recall.

Please do this for the sake of Andrew, Maureen and the rest of us and
don't leave out the 'steamier' moments in Cairo and Tokyo - you might
even have a best-seller within your grasp - if you'd only have the courage
to 'spill the beans' (but not about me, of course!).