Could they be repairing a cable laid in the canal? The guy on the right could be hauling it in, goes across the barge and off the back. Divers in case of hangup.
Yes In The Groove. I started thinking about that too when Phil brought up the Bennie guys in dive gear. That water has to be no warmer than 32.001 F! And I bet that you have a bit of trouble having a divers BRASS HAT maintain a warm temperature. I guess the dive compressor warms the air a little as it is placed under pressure but the helmet is surrounded by freezing water the whole time. How about it Phil?
Workers installing Henderson Street trunk sewer. Seattle, Washington, 1937.
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greyhoundollie (Dec 31, 2019)
Weyrhauser Pulp mill where I worked for forty years, we had miles of wood staved water and pulp lines, all made of redwood ceder that were more than 80 years old. As long as the lines were wet, the ceder wood never rotted. We had some leak now and then and if they had a hole in them from a knot in the wood gone bad, the pipe fitters plugged the leak with a redwood dowel! There were many wooden lines that were underground since the early thirties that was still good but the State told them to replace them with stainless steel because they might leak, they were still perfectly good lines. The pulp mill pumped water from the Columbia River every day for making pulp by the millions of gallons daily!
Yep underground filled with water no oxygen I can see where it would not rot especially since it was redwood. I have dug up cypress trees on my property 100 ft deep that were buried for a few thousand years. Even the bark looked like the tree had been felled last week. If I could have gotten the wood up in longer pieces than 12" I would have made a dinner table out of it.