On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
A notice listing the men's names and the intent of the Expedition is hung in the Officer Quarters at Fort Clatsop. A Clatsop canoe is stolen and hidden near the fort. The Captains explain their plan to split into two parties later.
From the journals...
Tuesday March 18th 1806.
Drewyer was taken last night with a violent pain in his side. Capt. Clark blead him.
These lists of our names we have given to several of the natives and also paisted up a copy in our room.
Notice left at Fort Clatsop
Tuesday 18th March 1806.—
4 men went over to the prarie near the coast to take a canoe which belongd to the Clotsop Indians, as we are in want of it. [They] took the canoe near the fort and concealed it, as the chief of the Clotsops is now here.
Two Chinook canoes
Tuesday March 17th 1806 [March 18]
The 2d Species of Seawreck which I saw on the coast to the S. S. E. near the Kil â mox nation.
it resembles a large pumpkin, it is Solid and it's Specific Gravity reather greater than the water, tho' it is Sometimes thrown out by the waves.
it is of a pale yellowish brown colour.
the rhind Smooth and consistency harder than that of the pumpkin, tho' easily cut with a knife.
there are Some fibers of a lighter colour and much harder than any other part which pass Longitudinally through the pulp or fleshey Substance which forms the interior of this marine production.