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On this day in Lewis & Clark history...

The men put the 8 pirogues and keelboat into the water as they will soon be departing from Fort Mandan on the Missouri River. The men work in the rain—the first significant rain of since arriving in the area last fall.

From the journals...

I had the Boat Perogus & Canos put in the water, and expect to Set off the boat with despatches    in her will go 6 Americans 3 frenchmen, and perhaps Several ricarra

William Clark

Keelboat

Stern deck of a replica Lewis and Clark keelboat

Keelboat created by Butch Bouvier and displayed at Keelboat Park, Bismarck, North Dakota.