On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
While waiting for the iron boat to dry near present Great Falls, Montana, the men make tents from the old sails. Because their leather rots quickly from frequently being wet, they sew more clothes.
From the journals...
Sunday July 7th 1805.
we have no tents; the men are therefore obliged to have recourse to the sails for shelter from the weather and we have not more skins than are sufficient to cover our baggage when stoed away in bulk on land.
Sail cloth tent
Items provided by the Pacific Northwest Living Historians at Sacajawea State Park Heritage Days.
July 7th Sunday 1805.
I am employed makeing leather cloaths for the party &c.
Drawing from an interpretive sign at the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center in Great Falls, Montana.