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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

High winds fill the beached canoes with water near present Cairo, Illinois. Lewis describes the banks of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers.

From the journals...

the canoes were driven by the violence of the waves against the shore and filled with water I therefore thought myself fortunate in having had them unladen on my arrival,—

Meriwether Lewis

Dugout canoe

Small canoe carved from a log and filled with water