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The men use rollers and a windlass to move the pirogues onto the high river bank near Fort Mandan. When attempting to move the keelboat, the elk skin rope breaks several times. They make some progress before stopping for the night.

all hands employed fixing the road and gitting rollers. in the afternoon we halled up the 2 perogues without any difficulty. we then made an attempt at the Barge but our Rope which was made of elk Skin broke Several times. we mended it    Got hir cleverly Started. night came on and obledgd. us to leave hir laying on the Skids.

John Ordway


Stern end of a keelboat

This photo is provided as a service by the U.S. Army Center of Military History.

those Chiefs gave us Some meat which they packed on their wives, and one requested a ax to be made for hies Sun, Mr. Bunch, one of the under traders for the hudsons Bay Companey—

William Clark

War axe

Tomahawk with curled sides on the iron head