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Fort Berthold Reservation in 1
Fort Berthold Reservation in 1
 

Journal, April 13, 1805

The wind was in our favour after 9 A. M. and continued favourable untill 3P.M. We therefore hoisted both the sails in the White Perogue, consisting of a small squar sail, and spritsail, which carried her at a pretty good gate, untill about 2 in the afternoon when a suddon squall of wind struck us and turned the perogue so much on the side as to allarm Sharbono who was sterring at the time.

In this state of alarm he threw the perogue with her side to the wind, when the sprit-sail gibing was as near overseting the perogue as it was possible to have missed. The wind however abating for an instant I ordered Drewyer to the helm and the sail to be taken in, which was instant executed and the perogue being steered before the wind was agin plased in a state of security.

This accedent was very near costing us dearly. Beleiving this vessel to be the most steady and safe, we had embarked on board of it our instruments, Papers, medicine and the most valuable part of the merchandize which we had still in reserve as presents for the Indians. We had also embarked on board ourselves, with three men who could not swim and the squaw with the young child, all of thom, had the perogue overset, would most probably have perished, as the waves were high, and the perogue upwards of 200 yards from the nearest shore.

However we fortunately escaped and pursued our journey under the square sail, which shortly after the accident I directed to be again hoisted.

Meriwether Lewis



Fort Berthold Reservation in 1
Fort Berthold Reservation in 1


 
From Discovering Lewis & Clark ®, http://www.lewis-clark.org © 1998-2014
by The Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, Washburn, North Dakota.
Journal excerpts are from The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, edited by Gary E. Moulton
13 vols. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983-2001)