JANUARY 2002

Photographer: Dudley Ottley Sr.

 Pointer stuck in Lady Evelyn Liftover dam

Oops. This pointer was used in the spring and early summer log drives between Diamond and Lady Evelyn Lakes in the 1950s. It was abandoned in this position.

A pointer was a specialized log-drive boat. A driver stood in the reaching bow with a pike pole, moving logs or freeing them from jams. It could be propelled by a rowing crew of two to four drivers (particularly in shallow water), or by use of a kicker (early name for outboard motor). The boat's flat bottom allowed it to be rolled across portages on logs.

This unusual photo was taken on a Keewaydin canoe trip in 1955 by the guide, Dudley Ottley. It is possible the pointer hung up on the same spike that hung up a canoe or two that tried to avoid the portage in other years. More on Lady Evelyn Liftover

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