The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Large Timber
The Monthly Nautical Magazine and Quarterly Review (New York, NY), June 1855, pp. 227

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We learn from the Eastern papers that Messrs. Fowler & Kelsey, of Wallaceburg, Canada West, manufactured, last winter, probably the largest stick of white oak timber ever seen on the Continent of North America, measuring in the log 61 feet long, 40x41 inches square, and containing 580.83 cubic feet. It would require a diameter of tree equal to 4 feet 9 inches to make a stock of the size above-named, provided it was round and quite straight, which may not be considered very large either in the Northern or Southern parts of the United States. There was a white oak log picked up in Lake Ontario some years ago, which measured 60 feet long, and squared 36 inches from end to end, which, although it did not contain as many cubic feet as the log referred to, required a larger or heavier tree to make. We have had some experience among the giants of the forest, and although we have not brought such large timber to the manufacturing districts as those referred to, the facilities in the South being very much inferior to those of the North, East, and West, yet we may refer to some trees which are by no means to be regarded as dwarfs among the giants of the vegetable kingdom. We have cut more than one white-oak tree in North-Carolina, which measured 7 feet in diameter, and which would square 60 inches for at least 25 feet of its length. We have seen some large yellow-pine timber from the same State, and have cut some of considerable size. Messrs. Sneeden & Co., who built the steamboat Metropolis, of this city, used, in her construction, one of the largest sticks of yellow-pine timber we have known to come to this city ; it forms part of her gallows-frame, and measured in the log as follows : 81 feet long, 3 feet 6 inches at butt, 23 inches square at top, containing 592 cubic feet, and was towed from North-Carolina to this city in a raft. The four legs of the gallows-frame measured as follows : 592, 355, 339, 332 cubic feet. The large stick was hewn to a proud edge on the corners, from end to end, and clear of sap, and sold at 1 dollar per cubic foot, cash.

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