Common menu bar links

S.S. Klondike National Historic Site

Lining Rink Rapids

In order to maximize the functionality of this page, please enable JavaScript and download the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player.

The Story

Here the deck crew can be seen lining the boat through Rink Rapids: using a pike pole to pick up the cable, wrapping it around the winch drum, guiding the cable to prevent a tangle, and then once above the rapid, dropping it back into the river.

Did You Know?

The technique of lining was used as much to guide the boat in order to avoid obstacles as to actually “pull” the boat through. While lining might occasionally be used on the downstream run it was generally employed when ascending a rapid.

Cables were attached at five points along the upper Yukon River – Five Fingers Rapid, Rink Rapids, Hells Gate, Domville Bar and U.S. Bend – though they might not always be used. Five Fingers Rapids was generally regarded as being the most exciting and the most difficult to negotiate.


This footage was generously made available to Parks Canada by Ian Ashdown. The original 8mm film footage was shot in 1941 by Ian's uncle Charles H. Bennett, whose father-in-law, John Scotland, was Chief Engineer aboard the S.S. Klondike between 1929 and 1944.