What is believed to be the tallest flagpole ever shipped from Canada starts on its cumbersome journey from the forests of British Columbia - near Chemainus.
M.L.S. Giant fir on ground.... start of the hoist.
M.S. Man directing operations.
Seq. Hoisted on to trucks.
Seq. Men removing shackles.
M.L.S. Pan of tree on trucks.
Seq. Truck starts off on run.
M.C.U. Truck wheels.
Seq. Trucks rounding sharp bend.
M.C.U. Truck driver.
M.L.S. Trucks progressing across trestle bridge.
M.C.U. Truck cab passing camera.
M.L.S. Trucks moving on main straight highway.
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Background: What is believed to be the tallest flagpole ever shipped from Canada starts on its cumbersome journey from the forests of British Columbia - near Chemainus. It's a gift to British's Royal Botanical gardens from the forest associations of the province, and it's a gift that's been 371 years in the making. That's the estimated age of the Douglas fir from which it was cut.
It was a problem finding a suitable tree; but an even greater problem was involved in getting its 214 foot length out of the forests.....It was necessary to cart the giant some twenty three miles over narrow, winding roads...
Two logging trucks - connected by a 125 foot cable - make the haul without a hitch. There's enough lumber in the pole to build two medium-sized homes - almost ten thousand board feet.