Oak beam found by scuba divers in the St. Lawrence River in Clayton

This oak beam was found by scuba divers in the St. Lawrence River. It sunk to the bottom of the river during a log drive. Clayton was logged from the 1800s – 1920s. Europeans first arrived in this part of the North Country to cut virgin timber and use it for ship building, since much of Europe had already been deforested and there was a shortage of lumber. After cutting the timber, the logs would be floated down the river in rafts to load onto ships or to mills for fabrication. Clayton, NY. Circa the 2000s. From the Thousand Islands Museum.

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