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Meriwether Lewis noted a "Keeled Boat" in his pre-expedition to buy list, however after he finally got it, he and also the various other journalists of the Corps of exploration simply called it "the boat" (190 times) or, much less often, "the barge" (32 times). Construction of the barge in Pittsburgh showed to be a nightmare . . . .

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"So far, we have experienced more challenge from the navigation of the Missouri, than peril from the Savages. The challenges which oppose themselves to the navigation of this immence river, arise indigenous the rapidity of it"s current, it"s fall banks, sandbars, and timber which remains wholy, or partially covert in it"s bed, usually referred to as by the navigators that the Missouri and also Mississippi Sawyers or planters . . . ."


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The task of piloting the expedition"s watercrafts efficiently with the Missouri"s windings and also blind leads was the primary responsibility of Pierre Cruzatte, a French Canadian and also Omaha Indian mixed-blood who, together a riverman, earned the respect and confidence that every member of the party. The many-talented Cruzatte was additionally admired as an interpreter, a cache digger, and also a fiddler.


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The 2 pirogues served as supplementary cargo carrier accompanying the barge (keelboat) native the mouth that the Missouri to the Mandan villages, one of which became the command watercraft on the return trip from the Marias river to St. Louis.


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Altogether, the men sculpted 15 Dugout Canoes. At ft Mandan they hewed 6 native cottonwood logs, which they paddled, poled, and also towed increase the Missouri to the great Falls. West of the Rockies they used ponderosa jaw logs to handmade five brand-new canoes. ~ above the Yellowstone, Clark do two small dugouts a few miles over today"s Billings.


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A mythology of "primitive" canoes, heavy and also crude, and also of primitive canoeing, has progressively taken host in Lewis and Clark scholarship, and also is here revised. This essay examines your canoeing and also their canoes.


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How perform these big "logs" take care of the whitewater the the Clearwater River?
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The explorers assembled the iron watercraft in the early summer the 1805 at the upper Portage Camp, upstream the the great Falls. There, on June 23, in a clearing on the financial institutions of the Missouri, under willows protecting them from the Montana sun, Lewis and also the guys put with each other the frame. For the following 11 days, they worked on completing the canoe. "We referred to as her the Experiment," created Sergeant Patrick Gass.


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"We hoisted Sail," composed Ordway, and also "ran verry rapid a short time. Damaged our mast." that was the 4th such mishap due to the fact that they left Camp Dubois top top 14 May. The party "came to" ~ above the west side of the Niobrara. Over there the males made a new mast from the stems of a tall, sturdy red cedar, which supposedly lasted at least until they got to the Mandan villages . . . .
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Indians stole all the horses, for this reason Sgt. Pryor and his three privates created two bull boats and floated down the Yellowstone flow in really hopes of catching up with Clark or Lewis . . . .


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In a purely physical sense, the exploration was held together by rope. Rope for managing the keelboat, the pirogues and also the canoes. Rope come secure sails and anchors, and also for towing. Rope for fastening packages, assembling tents, and also controlling horses.


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This machine was generally used because that measuring the speed of a vessel in ~ sea, yet it could likewise be offered to measure the velocity the a river"s current. It included four parts: a log-ship, or log-chip; a especially calibrated log-line; a reel to hold the log-line; and also a log-glass, or sand-glass.


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The author lists every incident in all the journals, yielding information around the expedition"s boats and boating, especially worrying the canoes.


Boating terms useful in knowledge the design, building, and also paddling the Dugout Canoes are below defined.

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Journal excerpts space from The journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, edited by Gary E. Moulton, 13 vols. (Lincoln: university of Nebraska Press, 1983-2001).