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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 86, August 19, 1853

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Identifier: DX04108735

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 86, August 19, 1853

Description: Regarding the steamboat Sam Ward getting stuck in a sand bar on the Fond du Lac River.

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sand casks emptied of their contents into the river, and all conceivable done to lighten the vessel, but we stick fast in the river mud. Breakfast over, all the masculines are in request on the lower vessel deck, for the purpose of rushing in a body from one side to the other, to “roll” the vessel. But little is, however effected. It is intimated to the Captain that we’re all ready to do any-thing. So we’re exhorted to go ashore and amuse ourselves. An adventurous gentleman lowers himself into one of the recently purchased canoes, to his own imminent peril, and the extreme amusement of the crowd of lookers on. The slightest divergement from his centre of gravity causes oscillation. He sits on the stern, and upwards of half of the other end of the canoe remains elevated above water, stout like, while he paddles round in uncertain gyrations. Ironical greetings and advice are showered upon him. [George M.] Swan exhorts him not to shift his chaw of tobacco from one cheek to the other, as incontinent immersion must be the result. But another descending into the fore-part, canoe is righted, and paddled swiftly to the green shore. It is a lovely spot, where we lay all this live-long day. Three or four little green bayous, hills all verdure clad, the exquisite green mirrored of a deeper hue in the chocolate colored water. We crowd into boat, and are landed on this Wisconsin shore, with some little difficulty. Up the steep thicket clad hill side, tall grass and wild weeds wet with the mornings dew, and reaching to the middle. All scatter. I go nut-picking, for hazel bushes are every where. A pocketful acquired, I ramble inland, where presently the grass and under-wood ceases, tall trees grow, and ‘tis easier locomotion. A long exploratory ramble, and then a detour

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1853-08-19

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Canoes and canoeing
Sand bars
Superior, Lake
Steamboats
Fond du Lac River (Wis.)
Tobacco
Great Lakes (North America)
Diaries
Nature
Travel

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