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A large pirogue goes adrift from Fort Clatsop, but it is found up a nearby creek. The Captains write about the pounded salmon trade and European trade goods. Several men are tanning elk hides and making elk jerky.

This morning the Sergt. of the Guard reported the absence of one of the large perogues, it had broken the chord by which it was attached...

Meriwether Lewis

A fine pleasant morning.

Joseph Whitehouse

Two pirogues at Fort Clatsop

Pirogue at Fort Clatsop

Photo taken December 17, 2010 with permission at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Fort Clatsop.

we now directed three of the perogues to be drawn up out of reach of the tide and the fourth to be mored in the small branch just above the landing and confined with a strong rope of Elk-skin.
had we lost this perogue also we should have been obliged to make three small ones, which with the few tools we have now left would be a serious undertaking.

Meriwether Lewis

A pirogue at Fort Clatsop

Pirogue at Fort Clatsop

Photo taken December 17, 2010 by Jo Ann with permission at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Fort Clatsop.

The rest of our people were employed in drying and taking care of the meat; and in dressing elk skins for mokasins, which is a laborious business

Patrick Gass

Brain-tanned deer hide

Naturally tanned deer skin

a fatiege of Six men employd in jurking the Elk beef.

William Clark

Elk jerky

strips of dried meat in a wood bowl