The City of Ludington recently helped the Maritime Museum replace old storm sewer pipes that were overwhelmed during heavy rains leading to flooding in the museum. This is one of the pipes replaced, basically a piece of timber that has been cored out to make a 10" wide pipe, wrapped with thin steel bands encased in some tar or resin.

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Comment by Willy on May 8, 2021 at 4:02pm

A lot of good information FS. Thanks. Many types of wood were used for pipes, from elm to tamarack to white pine. Funny thing, Ancient Rome used some lead pipes for water and had serious problems with lead poisoning. Ludington and ancient Rome seem to have a lot in common.

Comment by XLFD on May 7, 2021 at 10:24pm

I've gotten better at identifying woods over the years, but it's hard to tell what type of wood it was without the bark being on it.  I could tell you a few that it wasn't. 

Aquaman claimed that he saw a lot of wooden pipes when they redid the water main under Dowland Street (confirming Willy's observation), but I missed seeing it.  My guess is that many areas where you see lead pipes in the Ludington survey, you might find water main pipes made of logs nearby.  My guess is that the original coast guard station in the general area was built around the same time as this storm sewer was.  Here's another view of that pipe from the other side.  You may notice that this end is slightly enlarged so that another similar wood pipe could fit into it:

Comment by Freedom Seeker on May 7, 2021 at 7:26pm,the%20wood%20was%20often%20shorter.  Here's an interesting history.  Any idea what type of wood that pipe was?

Comment by Freedom Seeker on May 7, 2021 at 7:21pm

thanks for the picture, X.  Never have I seen a wooden sewer pipe.  As far back as I remember was concrete before plastic

Comment by Freedom Seeker on May 7, 2021 at 7:14pm

Wow!  When you think about it, before plastic and its technologies, that was some skill and innovation is sewer pipes.  Lasted many years!  Kind of like barrel making skill with the bands

Comment by Willy on May 7, 2021 at 5:36pm

Old water lines were also made of wood.

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