Photograph of an ocean-going log raft just floated out of its cradle on a river in California, ca.1900. This cigar shaped floating frame was 835 feet long and contained 5,000,000 feet of timber, ready for an ocean trip. The wooden cradle at right held the raft while it was being prepared for towing. A tugboat at the far end of the log raft tows it. Trees grow thickly on both banks of the river.; "Sea going rafts reduce the cost of transportation to a fraction as the rafts are towed 1500 miles down the coast b a small tug in a little over two weeks making 4 miles an hour. The present day log raft is an outgrowth of a much smaller raft [of] about 100,000 feet of piling made by Captain Robertson at Saint John's New Brunswick which was lost in a storm in the Atlantic. After making two other unsuccessful attempts he came to the Pacific and finally succeeded but not without failure to begin with."