The Early Days: Forest Use in the Fraser-Fort George Region

 

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Jack ladder, McLean Mill at Shelley

  A chain with toothed buckets caught the bark of the log, and pulled the log up the jack ladder into the sawmill. At the top of the jack ladder, a worker with a cant hook rolled each log off the jackladder onto the log deck. Initially, a second man with a cant hook positioned at the lower end of the log deck loaded each log onto the carriage and turned it subsequent times in order to square it up and saw it into boards and planks. Later, the canter was replaced with the mechanical log loader and nigger (team operated.) The man at the top of the jackladder was replaced by a log kicker. Later when the team drag cut-off saw was installed at the top of the jackladder a man was engaged to operate it.

 

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