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WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN…was this photo taken? Whoever tells us more and gives us the most details WINS
lunch for two at In the Beantime Café (value $40). Courtesy of: Ron Maddin

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Congratulations to Ted Puska Sr. who wins the August Contest. He writes: The picture shown was taken at the Upper Copper Canyon bridge these are 2 of the 18 giant douglas fir trees taken out of the canyon destined for Expo 70 In Osaka, Japan. (The World’s Tallest Wooden Structure at the show that year was the BC Pavilion. It was comprised of 300, 50 metre high Douglas Firs. The exhibit also had two waterfalls and numerous carved wooden doors supported by totem poles made by BC First Nations.) Trees were also pulled from Nanaimo River camp and Caycuse. The tallest trees reached heights of 192′ with a 4 1/2′ butt tapering to 27” near the top. To prevent the trees from breaking or losing bark, they were either lowered by crane or landed onto beds of springy bows. Two trucks in tandem were joined together by a cable to help with the braking on the steep downslope on their trip down to Chemainus. The drivers were in contact with each other by walkie talkies communicating their speed and braking. A total of 250,000 board feet of lumber, enough to build about 20 houses was gathered to send to Japan. MacMiIlan & Bloedel’s donation was about $50,000 in 1970. The logs were boomed up to Chemainus and sent to Vancouver and loaded on board the Japanese freighter the Ho Maru. The 4,500 mile trip was 5 days late arriving at Kobe, Japan as it hit severe hurricane weather. After arriving in Kobe the logs were fumigated, wrapped and sent down a new highway to Osaka. My dad Ray Puska was transportation foreman at the Canyon until 1983 and there Is a good chance he was the one who took this picture. As a teenager I remember him showing me the original black & white Polaroid pictures of the whole process. Thanks for everyone who entered the contest but there can only be one winner. Jacques Kubera wrote: photo was taken in Copper Canyon, October 1968. My father Casimir Kubera cut these trees, all 185′ to 165′ tall with 5′ butts and 24” tops. Kubera also cut the tree which became the keel for the ship Spirit of Cheminus, built at Expo 1986 in Vancouver. Lois Platt wrote: MacMillan & Bloedel trucks going through Copper Canyon at about 16 mile mark crossing Chemainus River. Logs to Osaka, Japan in 1968 for 1970 World’s Fair for BC Pavilion. Larry Hopwo who retired from M&B in 2002 recalled some of the men. “They would use four trucks, one in the lead and one behind. The four drivers were Stan Dyke #26, Ed Stevenson #40, Jim Cross #86 and Jack Wilson #87.They’d take the logs to the Chemainus Dumping Grounds. Tom Gunderson(sp?) would strap the logs. The guy in the bull pen where the logs were was Buster Davis. My father Roy Hopwo was the sidewinder operator and his deckhand was Ralph James. All the M& B trucks were yellow.


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