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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, 12, 1973 THE LETIttRIGGS HERALD 13 Beachcombers enjoy life of freedom NANAIMO, B.C. (CP) Alex Klein is the human equivalent to the tiny fish that tags along after a shark, picking up its leav- ings and winning life by its ability to remain unobtrusive. Mr. Klein, 42, is a beach- comber, one of British Colum- bia's band of mariners who scour the waterways for stray logs which are sold to lumber companies. The life is free and easy but requires hard work and plenty of luck. Mr. Klein, who arrived in Canada from his native Ger- many in 1957, began his life as a beachcomber early in the 1960s, when a friend invited him out one nighl on a beach- combing expedition. "Everything Cbe boat dis- turbed in the water at night became phosphorescent. I was so exuberant I jumped in the saltehuck with all my clothes on at two in the morning. "Back then is when it dawned on me that I would enjoy a beachcomber's kind of life." Expensive Now Mr. Klein has a 28-foot boat, worth equipped with a 160-horsepower diesel engine, automatic pilot, two- way radio, electric-hydraulic steering, an oil stove and a sink with push-button running water. He is one of about 150 seri- ous beachcombers on the east shore of Vancouver Island who hold salvage licences and make from to a year. On a typical day recently, Mr. Klein ventured out to sea to search for logs, usually ones that have escaped from booms towed by tugs from logging camps to mills. Once the logs escape, they are free to anyone. Hie day started slowly and in the first two hours only two logs were good enough to "dog up" and tow. So Mr. Klein cruised slowly, keeping one ear on the chatter from the two-way radio and scan- ning the sea. "There are no territories out he said. "Beach- combers aren't exactly frater- one is out for him- self. "Guys become salvagers because they resent taking or- ders. They like absolute free- dom. They are a weird breed. Once in a while when there is a large log spill and a bunch of boats converge, two or GOOD USED SWATHERS JOHN DEERE MODEL a ISA 14 ft. hay conditioner Pickup reel, rat reel JOHN DEERE MODEL 7so 18 ft. swather............ 2-MASSEY FERGUSON Model 36 16 ft.......... EACH MASSEY FERGUSON Model 36 18 ft................ 2-COCKSHUTT Model 504 12 ft. 4 yean old. Conditioner and reel. OLIVER SWATHER 12 ft. with cab USED JOHN DEERE Model 37 '2500 2250 USED JOHN DEERE Model 38 mower...... 300 Ranchers1 Supply Ltd. JOHN DEERE FARM EQUIPMENT PINCHEfe STATION PHONE 627-3024 CLARESHOLM PHONE 235-3711 three words over a nice log can get some guys so mad they reach for their rifles." But Mr. Klein refuses to turn his craft into a gunboat. "Only about one-third of lost logs are recovered each year. His rule of thumb is not to quit each day's work before making at least But this day was exceptional. After his slow start, Mr. Klein amassed about worth of logs. "It's like playing poker. Sometimes there is no way you can lose, other times nothing goes right." On this day, he spotted lots of logs, many with the bark still on, apparently escaped from storage grounds. Mr. Klein's first thought was of the competition. He scanned the sea quickly for other salvagers, but saw noth- ing. There was plenty of time to pick and choose. FREDDIE'S BUY 3 GET 1 FREE MOORWOOD STAIN ON? COAT DOES THE JCB Heavy bodied and penetrating. Ideal for any new wood surface. Regular value 35.80 YOU PAY ONLY 4 GALLONS REGULAR CASH AND CARRY PRICE PER GALLON 8.95 26 .85 MOORTONE EXTERIOR HOUSE PAINT LATEX OIL BASE EXTERIOR PRIMER WHITE AND COLOft Extra good quality paint CASH AND CARRY PRICE gallon 6 quart 2 .69 WESTERN RED OR GREEN BARN and SHINGLE PAINT Regular 7.95 CASH AND CARRY PRICE GALLON____ 4 BRILLIANT RED BARN OR SHINGLE PAINT Regular 11.00 CASH AND CARRY PRICE GALLpN........ WESTERN EXTERIOR WHITf FENCE PAINT CASH AND CARRY PRSCE, GALLON..... 3 .99 BOILED UNSEED OIL CASH AND CARRY PRICE, GALLON 3 .50 PLASTIC GARBAGE BAGS Pkg. of 50 bags CASH AND CARRY........ 1 FREDDIE'S IK 816 3rd AVENUE SOUTH PHONE 327-5540 "WHERE QUALITY SELLS FOR LESS SERVICE IS A MUST" CLOSED SATURDAY AFTERNOONS ;