Closeup of a Double-drum Steam Donkey - c. 1898


Logging - Closeup of a Double-drum Steam Donkey - Ford

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Steam donkeys acquired their name from their origin on sailing ships, where the "donkey" engine was a secondary engine used to load and unload cargo, or raise the larger sails. The double-drum style shown here evolved to power the work of pulling out the main cable to the logs to be retrieved. Originally the main cable needed to be hauled manually by horses or men, but the second "haulback" drum with a smaller cable could be routed around a setting and hooked to the heavier main cable to pull it out to where it was needed. -- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA0338
Photographer John F. Ford
Location Washington State
Subject Logging
Decade 1890s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Larger Print
Size of Original 6.1 x 7.8 inches
Photographer's Number No