As we retrace the route of the historic Sternwheelers on the Skeena River on our August 5-10, 2016 tour, one of the stops will be to visit a “Pile of Wood”. But not just any wood!. This is rows of 100 year old split cordwood. It lies on the banks of the Skeena River, moss covered and slowly rotting away. Wood was the main fuel for the sternwheelers on the Skeena. They could burn as much as three or four cords of wood per hour. Passengers had no guarantee of a leisurely trip as the sternwheelers often burned wood in such enormous quantities that the passengers would be called upon to load the boat with cordwood when they went to shore. The cordwood cutters were contracted by the sternwheeler companies to provide cordwood for each season. These cutters would get $3-4 a cord.