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Above the Great Falls of the Missouri, the iron boat proves to be light and buoyant in the water. Without pitch or buffalo hides with hair, they cannot prevent it from leaking water. The Captains decide to abandon the boat.

I therefore relinquished all further hope of my favorite boat and ordered her to be sunk in the water, that the skins might become soft in order the better to take her in peices tomorrow and deposite the iron fraim at this place as it could probably be of no further service to us.

Meriwether Lewis

Replica of the iron boat frame

Iron boat frame in weeds

a beautiful pleasant morning. the Island near the Camp is covered with black birds.

John Ordway

Common grackle, Quiscalus quiscula

Common Grackle with blue head and black body

Photo ©2009 Dick Daniels. Permission via the Creative Commons 3.0 License.

this plan being settled between us orders were accordingly given to the party, and the ten men who were to accompany Capt. Clark had ground and prepared their axes and adds this evening in order to prepare for an early departure in the morning.

Meriwether Lewis


Chpping tool leaning against a tree

Perennial Flax. Valleys of the Rocky mountains. July 9th 1806.

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Lewis's blue flax, Linum lewisii

Flower with five blue petals

Photo: June 29, 2015 at the Great Falls Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Great Falls, Montana.