This looks like Ron has hooked a wicket and is holding on very hard until the chain man at left sets the hook into the eye of Ron's
hook rod. You never want to let a hooked wicket loose, if you do you just have to do it again. Do it right the first time is the best
way. The river current get harder to handle as the dam rises. By the looks of the current in the photo it looks some pretty nasty
current going around the maneuver boat.
The wicket that Ron hooked is fighting very hard to stay in the water. The steam engine is chugging and the boiler is hot as the wicket is lifted up and set.
Ron's wicket was set and in this photo it is flipped over.
Look below at the example: The wicket at left is set but needs to be flipped. Once the current gets to the bottom of the wicket it moves so quickly that it is a danger to itself. So sometimes it is flipped with leverage to avoid damage.
Ron's wicket was set and in this photo it is flipped over using two hook rods with leverage to avoid damage.
Once the current gets to the bottom of the wicket it moves so quickly that it is a danger to itself.
Photos by Ron Shetler
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