By Charles Edward Russell
Through the 19th century, pine logs have been lashed jointly to shape simply floatable rafts that traveled from Minnesota and Wisconsin down the Mississippi River to construct the farms and cities of the almost treeless reduce Midwest. those large log rafts have been recommended down the river through steamboat pilots whose ability and intimate wisdom of the river's many risks have been mythical. Charles Edward Russell, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, chronicles the historical past and river lore of seventy years of lumber rafting. "Russell offers with these a long time in which the lumber company and the rafting of lumber grew and reached huge, immense proportions. yet his tale covers additionally the luxurious section of the river steamboat. Russell writes with a full of life pen, and he has made a colourful and pleasing account." big apple instances e-book overview "Not a lifeless web page within the ebook. Russell writes frontier heritage accurately written." ny usher in Tribune Charles Edward Russell (1860-1941) grew up at the beaches of the Mississippi River in the course of the days of lumber rafting. top often called a journalist through the muckraking period for his expos?s at the pork and tobacco trusts, Russell was once additionally a cofounder of the nationwide organization for the development of coloured humans (NAACP) in 1909. Fesler-Lampert Minnesota historical past sequence
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He moved over to the other side and the boat floated free. He himself stated that all he shifted was his quid of tobacco, but this seems improbable. I have heard it said in pilot-houses that when the Monitor struck a bar head-on, two deck-hands would get out, seize her one on each side, walk over the bar with her, and deposit her on the other side; whereupon she would resume the journey. This may be deemed doubtful, because it appears from the registry list that she was of nearly twelve tons burden, and it seems unlikely that two deck-hands could carry so heavy a weight unless they were persons of unusual muscular development.
On May 13, 1867, while the packet Lansing was lying at the landing, Hampton, Illinois, both boilers exploded and wrecked all the upper part of the vessel. Among the killed were Robert Smith the pilot, who was in the pilot-house, and Van Dyke the clerk, who was in his office. Van Dyke's body was blown clear across the Mississippi and was found on the Iowa shore. Smith's body was blown in the other direction, across the town. A woman passenger, who happened to be dozing on a sofa in the rear of the cabin, escaped unhurt.
Yet she was supplied with all the appurtenances of a full-sized steamboat, made regular trips, and handled an astonishing cargo and passenger list. Even the natives thought she was small, but her captain was proud of her record and sensitive about her size. Once when she landed at Keosaqua a crowd of townspeople came aboard and asked if they could see her. With delight Captain Johnson showed them from keelson to pilot-house. " "About two hours," said the captain. "Well, now, look here," said Lusty Juventus, "my wife has never seen a steamboat and she's sick in bed.