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Beachcombing: A 1970’s flashback

“Your standard Beachcomber look”
The boat: 13 Feet with 110 HP Volvo Sterndrive

The day’s work started a couple of hours before dawn with making coffee and starting the “chase boat”. It was tied next to the Sailboat I was building and living on. Drank the coffee running slowly up the middle arm of the Fraser River past marinas and industries. At the junction with the North arm log salvage became legal from an hour before dawn till an hour after dark. The next 2-3 hrs were spent at full speed (40mph) going down the river, searchlight a blazing, looking for sawlogs that had escaped the booms tied up at the river’s edge. Those you caught were “dogged up” and secured. Once a week they were gathered and towed to market. Next was breakfast at the nearby 24 hr reserved “beachcombers” table at the Skyline Hotel. The day was done by noon.

A beachcomber (log salvor) working the lower river.
Another beachcomber’s typical trip up the central coast in the late 1990s.

I found a song about this.

Discriptive excerpt:

Snap the Line Tight

Vic Bell’s Snap the Line Tight is a wonderfully descriptive song about log salvaging on our coast. The work of log salvaging was brought to the awareness of the general public by the television show The Beachcombers but the reality is properly brought to life in his song from the 1960’s.

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