Charles Wilkes and the Exploration of Inland Washington by Richard W. Blumenthal

By Richard W. Blumenthal

A follow-up to 2004's The Early Exploration of Inland Washington Waters: Journals and Logs from Six Expeditions, 1786-1792 and 2007's With Vancouver in Inland Washington Waters: Journals of 12 Crewmen, April-June 1792, this ebook deals one other major addition to maritime historical past within the Pacific Northwest. It follows naval officer and explorer Charles Wilkes, an skilled nautical surveyor who led the Wilkes excursion throughout the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Puget Sound, the Columbia River, and different inland Washington waters in 1841. This booklet comprises the journals of Charles Wilkes and ten of his crewmen, together with Augustus L. Case, George Colvocoresses, George T. Sinclair, and different esteemed naval officials. specified consciousness is given to the various position names that Wilkes originated. The e-book additionally comprises eighteen of the Wilkes Expedition's charts, the standard of which displays the crew's cautious consciousness to accuracy. eventually, it encompasses a whole muster checklist of the officials and crewmen hooked up to the Wilkes day trip, that includes identify, identify, and, usually, a short synopsis of the man's job in the day trip.

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Mr. Anderson, a clerk of the Company, whom I have mentioned as being in charge of the post, receives no more than one hundred pounds for his superintendence. The observatory duties being completed, I set out, with Lieutenant Budd and Mr. 22 Mr. Anderson accompanied us, on a visit to the Shute’s River Falls, where we intended to take horses, to ride to the Bute Prairie, with some men, to open several of the mounds, to discover their contents, if they had any. By the stupidity of the Indian guide, we took the wrong arm of the sound, and did not discover our error until we reached its extreme limit, where, as night overtook us, we were forced to encamp.

To anchor here, stand into the Bay until you see the SAIL ROCK35 between Neah Island & the main. You will then have 101 ⁄2 to 11 faths, sandy bottom and a smooth birth. I anchored rather nearer [p. 107a] to the Cape Flattery Point (POINT KILCOME36) of the chart; in a N. W. Wind. I would advise anchoring to the Eastward of the Neah Island as it protects you from the sea of that Quarter 10 to 12 faths. On the night of the 2d [August], we had an eclipse of the moon. [p. 486] The ship, on anchoring, was surrounded by many canoes of the Classet Indians, who inhabit the country around Cape Flattery.

The practice of flattening the head is prevalent here, but perhaps not so universal as amoung the other tribes we have seen. George, or King George, invited me to visit him at Tatouche, his village, about half a mile nearer to Cape Flattery than the place where the ship lay; but I had no time to spare. He informed me they had fifty lodges, made of planks, similar to those already described. His tribe live principally upon fish, of which they catch large quantities; and when a whale is taken, they literally gorge themselves with the blubber.

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