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SUPPLEMENT TO THE LAND AGENT'S REPORT.
WM. P. PARROTT,
Hon. Rufus MCINTIRE,
Land Agent of the State of Maine : Sir:-Having been instructed by Charles Jarvis, Esq., to construct a Boom near the east line of the State on the Aroostook river, in order to carry into effect the Resolve of the Legislature of the 20th of February last, "to preserve the timber and other lumber cut by trespassers," during the last winter, “ and to prevent its removal without the limits of the State.”
This duty having been performed, I submit the following
REPORT The point selected for the location was on town. ship letter D, in the first range of townships, about one mile from the point where the north line of said township crosses the Aroostook river, and measuring by the river about three miles from the boundary Jine.
This was decided to be the best location in this vicinity, as the river spreads out at this place to nearly double its average width, so that the current would not be accelerated by putting in the necessary piers, to so great a degree as in some other place where the channel is narrower; and as the bottom of the river is composed of sand and gravel, it was very doubtful if the piers could be made to stand when the wash of the current was much increased.
The work was commenced on the 4th of March, by a small crew engaged in looking timber and clearing roads.
On the 11th of March the construction of the work commenced, which was completed on the third day of April.
The whole length of the Boom is four hundred and forty-seven yards. The piers, of which there are seven in number, are placed in the form of a triangle with the vertex up river, at which point the largest pier is placed.
The dimensions of the main pier are sixty by thirty feet on the base, the other six each forty by twenty, all slanted on the up-river end, generally at an angle of twenty degrees.
These piers are loaded with about 2,200 tons of stone, brought from a ledge about one and a half miles below.
The Boom has withstood the strong and frequent freshets of the last season without injury.
It has answered the purposes of its construction
much better than was anticipated, as it was intended rather to prevent rafts passing than loose timber.
The timber has always heretofore come down in rafts, but this was not the case this year. It however prevented the passage of the loose timber perfectly well.
The different accounts constituting the expense of construction, are hereunto annexed. Respectfully, Your obedient servant,
WM. P. PARROTT.