Part 2 - Loading Logs to Ship Overseas, from my Hometown, Port Angeles, WA, USA

by Jay Boggess February. 07, 2017 1735 views

One of my favorite things to do is to watch what goes on around the inner harbor & the docks. I especially love to watch the choreography of the men & huge machinery as they load the log ships that come to call. 

Seemingly endless parade of log trucks bring logs to the shipyard, where they will be unloaded from the trucks, put in racks alongside the ship, where they await the on-deck cranes to lift each load to its place, on the ship's deck.

The big yellow loag mover takes the entire load of logs off the truck and then puts them in racks alongside the ship, where men will attach the cables from the huge on-deck cranes to be lifted to their place on the ship's deck.

Here you can see an entire truckload of logs being picked up in one "bite", by the "monster" log mover. Meanwhile, on deck men are removing the cranes cables from the recently loaded logs, so the crane can get another batch.

On ground level, to the left & right of the log mover, you can see men wrapping cables around log loads, for the cranes to lift onto the ship's deck. (can you spot the crane operator in his "safety green" jacket in the little "cockpit"?)at the base of the right hand crane?)

After the cables are wrapped around a group of logs, the big cranes lift them onto the ship's deck, placing them between the pickets. The men on deck will remove the cables so another load can be picked up below & lifted up to the top of the pile and so on, until the logs are stacked to the top of the pickets. (look how small the men on deck appear & also the crane operator, in his little compartment, just above the two green lights on the far right crane)

As soon as they fill the ship to the top of the vertical pickets, they will be ready to sail overseas to their end user.....Probably China, in this case.

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Tomie Poodle 3 years, 11 months ago

Great report and images !

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Jay Boggess Replied to Tomie Poodle 3 years, 11 months ago

Thanks, Tomie! Sorry to be so slow getting back to you.

I have been sailing the seas with my son & not much on PB.
I will be home 2/24/17, at which time, I'll resume my usual routine.

Cheers!
Jay

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Thomas Glaser 3 years, 11 months ago

Fascinating! I like #1,5, and 6 best.

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Thomas Glaser 3 years, 11 months ago

Thanks! I love to watch heavy machinery doing it's thing!

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 3 years, 11 months ago

Fascinating series - good to read the trees are replanted!
Huge machinery always makes one curious! Mxx

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Marilyn Grimble 3 years, 11 months ago

Thanks! When they replant a section, that was harvested, they put up a sign saying when the new ones were planted, so you can watch their progress over the years, until it's time to harvest again....Makes sure there will always be moore wood for future building, etc....

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Vivienne Albiston 3 years, 11 months ago

Really interesting. My husband works in steel. He was fond of saying the highest paid guy was the crane driver above the pouring crucible...He didn`t even come down for lunch.Good narrative here too.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Vivienne Albiston 3 years, 11 months ago

It never ceases to amaze me to watch men & women operating huge machinery!

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Stephanie Hyde 3 years, 11 months ago

What a fantastic set...it really is a massive operation, isn't it? Wow...

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Stephanie Hyde 3 years, 11 months ago

It's especially awe inspiring to watch this close up in person, to feel the earth vibrate under your feet & hear the sounds & smell the smells......

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Stephanie Hyde Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years, 11 months ago

I can imagine! Have fun on your cruise :-)

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Stephanie Hyde 3 years, 11 months ago

Thanks, Sis! Hope we survive! (((grin)))

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Abigail Gossage 3 years, 11 months ago

Great set, Jay. No. 1 is almost a painting, love it!

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Abigail Gossage 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank You! I love to watch "big doings" like these

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 3 years, 11 months ago

Are the forests sustainable in your corner of the world? I look at ypur post and I can feel the dynamic of the actions taking place. Great work Jay

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Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 11 months ago

Thanks, Amigo!
They are very careful to plant new trees for everyone they harvest, so they never run out. After planting the new trees they are left to grow for many years, until they are as big as you see them in these images, so not to worry....They will never run out!

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Yokai - 3 years, 11 months ago

Captivating images and wonderful series, Jay!

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Yokai - 3 years, 11 months ago

Thanks Yokai! It is a fascinating process to observe & shoot!

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Francesc 3 years, 11 months ago

Interesting process....I hope they plant new trees

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Jay Boggess Replied to Francesc 3 years, 11 months ago

For every tree they harvest, a new one is planted & left to grow for many years, undisturbed, until they are big enough to harvest....Totally sustainable industry these days...

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Amy Daniels 3 years, 11 months ago

Wow Jay what a process. Excellent

3 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Amy Daniels 3 years, 11 months ago

Thanks, Amy! It is fascinating to watch all those moving parts, especially on such a grand scale!

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