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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 88, August 19, 1853

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Identifier: DX04110548

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 88, August 19, 1853

Description: Describes finally getting the steamboat Sam Ward unstuck from a sand bar on the Fond du Lac River.


viands having been brought from the ship steamboat. But we came off poorly, and were fain to get rowed back to the Sam Ward, there to dine easily. All sorts of speculations about our sticking fast. About the “Baltimore” steamer that is expected to follow in our track, – whether we shall lie here until she tows us off. Canoes with Lewis & cosmopolitan Frisell, Hacker & Sedgwick have gone lake-wards, also Northberry. Despondent and joyous passengers. All the wood has been thrown overboard; and the coal is being transported ashore in I meet one gentleman in varnished shoes who’s very dismal indeed, and inclined to look upon our Captain as a miscreant. boats, everything superfluous disposed of, by way of lightening the vessel. Such passengers as are not ashore are incessantly occupied in rushing from one side to the other, hauling ropes and howling. I remain in cabin. Supper time, previous to which I join in another unsuccessful attempt to “roll” the vessel. Another after supper, the ladies joining above, enthusiastically. Every body aboard rushing frantically, stamping, jumping and howling, till in a confused mass they reach the opposite side, where they look up at the pretty faces above who have emulated them, in the race. The great object is effected. The vessel rolls – is clear ! Scouts come back. Strange men appear aboard. One, a six feet, red shirted, rough spoken, bearded, capped “Lakeman hight “Gassy Jack.” worth looking on. He appeared to wish to make up for his, stupidity by profanity. I hear of the afternoons spreeings on the islands shore. Fires built, champagne and brandy drank. Fellows drunken, others holding pow-wows and doing Ojib-way dances round ‘em. Burying the one in the blanket-coat, Indian fashion. Lewis is back, with a branch of [unclear word] which the Indians use for smoking. Remarkable sunset. Frisell & the others are back, much later, having paddled to the Lake, and visited a lodge of Indians, two returning with them in Mackinaw boat belonging to the Steamboat. They describe the view as seen from

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-08-19

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Steamboats
Fond du Lac River (Wis.)
Sand bars
Canoes and canoeing
Indians of North America
Ojibwa Indians
Great Lakes (North America)


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