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This image, scanned from a black and white photograph in the Peirce family papers, is labeled in handwriting on the back, "logging raft lost at sea, 1887 winter." Big rafts were attempted as a method for transporting logs to market, particularly from Canada to New York City, in the 1880s and 1890s. The idea did not catch on widely, however, as several attempts resulted in rafts breaking up in heavy seas and scattering logs along coastal shipping lanes. Maine newspapers of the time reported some stray logs floated as far away as Africa before running aground. For more information, see: A History of Lumbering in Maine 1861-1960 by David C. Smith.

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MS 396a, Ada Peirce McCormick papers


logging, lumbering, rafts, shipping



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