- A Newfoundland
retriever that Capt. Meriwether Lewis purchased probably in Pittsburgh
while waiting for the keelboat to be built.
- Had thick, black,
curly hair that kept him warm, and webbed feet for swimming.
- Weighed from
110 to 150 pounds.
- For years people
thought his name was Scannon, because of misreading handwriting in
the Lewis and Clark journals.
- Since he's a
water-going dog, and his breed is named for a Canadian province that
is an island in the North Atlantic, Seaman (another word for sailor)
makes a great name for him.
- He's never mentioned
again in the journals after July 1806.
- He helped out
as a guard, one time barking a warning when a huge bison bull stumbled
toward camp at night. Alerted, the men could get out of the buffalo's
- Lewis, Seaman's
master, wrote that he liked the taste of dog meat when it was served
to the Corps. Clark, who hadn't brought along a pet, wouldn't eat
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