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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 61, August 14, 1853

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Identifier: DX04086107

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 61, August 14, 1853

Description: Describes arriving at Pictured Rocks on Lake Superior and taking a smaller boat on an excursion to the shore from the Sam Ward.

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ian in plenty and I know not how many others, as yet. A strand for [Edmund] Spenser’s Fairy Queene All to work picking up for twenty minutes or more. Kit Marlowe’s description of stones I got a pocket-ful. In boat again, and after striking out until the boat Sam Ward was descried, we coasted on again. And now ‘twas grand. Great rounded rocks rising up, or projecting out, — a height of 150 feet or more, tall trees above, deep holes and canties below. The lake water, clear as glass and green as emerald allowed every crack, cranny and indentation to be viewed through at. There were strange holes, and all was long and lank and brown, and as the ribbed sea sand. We at first took two of these huge rock-boulders for the Castles, but it proved not so. On yet, and a rushing plash of water is heard through the mist, anon a white gleam, and then as we near it, a beautiful cascade of rushing water, curving over into the deep lake. 150 feet high The very boatmen uttered rough-phrases of admiration. Back to the Sam Ward, shouts &c greeting us. / The vessel had moved up the coast in anticipation. Queries as to what we’d seen. I suggested we’d caught a mermaiden speaking the purest Cherokee. Displayed our pebbles in great glory. Another boat in half an hour puts off, crowded. And on their returning ‘twas our turn to envy. They had visited the Grand Portal, entering the cave. So dinner over, and out gallant Captain Easterbrook going off with a boats crew of ladies, we persuaded Superintendant Steward Montgomery to go with us off in second boat. [George M.] Swan with us and others. Off we row into the fog again, and in fifteen minutes the great cliffs are looming up beside us. We retrograde eastwards for some space, and lose sight of the rocks again, but for such a return to them I shall never forget. For moving

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-08-14

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Steamboats
Transportation
Nature
Waterfalls
Caves
Fog
Books and reading
Leisure
Great Lakes (North America)
Diaries
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Mich.)
Superior, Lake
Travel

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