River drive, ca. 1907-1928
River drive, ca. 1907-1928

The purpose of the river drive was to float pulpwood to the mill site or railway depot. Workers known as rollers pushed logs off the banks and into the water, drivers guided the wood along the river with long pike-poles, and sackers retrieved any stray logs that became separated from the main drive.

Photographer unknown. Reproduced by the permission of the Maritime History Archive (PF-310.03.02.004), Memorial University, St. John’s, NL.
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