"rusty little schooners that bring firewood from the British provinces"

The colonization of the northern areas of America was a process that created massive deforestation. The wood needed to build and heat homes in a region where temperatures were low for three quarters of the year, not to mention that for cooking and illumination, took a heavy toll on forests adjacent to settlements. Boston and its surrounding areas, which lacked native trees, suffered tremendous fuel shortages and had to import firewood from provinces to the south-east.

 

A lumber schooner at sea
Public DomainA lumber schooner at sea - Credit: David Evans