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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 64, August 14, 1853

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Identifier: DX04088819

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 64, August 14, 1853

Description: Describes seeing Pictured Rocks on Lake Superior, including getting lost in the mist in a rowboat.


a scene must be here on chill October, at the shut of eve, when one terrible roll of surf raves and thunders all along this wild coast. When the mad winds sweep down from the stormy north, and over thousands of milets miles of savage country, and lakes unplowed by keel. When Boreas fiercely blows, and blinding rain sweeps athwart the vexed and o’erclouded sky. When the poor red Indian in birch-bark canoe marks that belt of foam and hears the long low thunder roll of breakers. When eagles scream, storm tost, and a solitary gull gyrates anear; — when gazing out far and wide no human thing can be descried over the awful lake, then must this Scene be grand to look upon. / The colors perpendicular in their course, are very distinct, now. And sometimes they assume strange shapes, cathedral windows, with Iris-tinted panes. Here and there fancy man espy a niched figure, or a crouching animal. We coast on. Another cascade, of equal beauty with the former ones. It is, to my regret, now determined to row back to the Steamboat. But the mist is all around, and our course no easy one. Rowing on awhile, we at length satisfactorily discover we don’t know where we are. So we rest on our oars, and holler; with intent to provoke response from the steamboat. All together, long continued, varying long drawn yells. Dead silence and listening all. No response through the fog enwrapping us. Again, and yet again, with a like result. Row on again, farther yet. No better success. We jet jest and rally one another. Suggestions are putty forth as to camping at in the Grand Portal. Stray remarks touching sustenance derived from boats & avid speculations on Cannibalism. ‘Twas a merry party

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Great Lakes (North America)
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Mich.)
Indians of North America
Boats and boating
Superior, Lake


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