On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
The keelboat is loaded and taken for a test run a few miles up the Mississippi River. At the confluence with the Missouri River, Clark practices taking compass bearings.
From the journals...
Tuesday 8th of May
after Loading the Boat maned her with 20 oares & went the middle of the river & up the Mississippi a fiew miles
Keelboat with sail
This photo is provided as a service by the U.S. Army Center of Military History.