National Geographic : 1955 Jan
+ All Hands Pole by Night Down the Narrow Weekiwachee Sharp curves and strong current made steering diffi cult on the downstream run; the boat often crashed the overgrown banks. Swamp maple, sweet gum, and red bay trees grew to the river's edge and entwined overhead. Ralph Beville, a State wildlife officer (right), shared this part of the journey. 63 J Kodachromes by National Geographic Photographer Bates Littlehales + Fallen Trees Block the Path on the Tedious Upstream Run Water Wagon was the first large boat in several years to attempt passage of the Weekiwachee. Shallow draft enabled it to vault floating trees under full power; some logs had to be sawed apart or lifted with block and tackle. Here Channing Cope (left) and Dorsey Newson investigate a barricade.