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Meriwether Lewis's dog, Seaman, is the answer for Week 339 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country. Watch each day for another clue.
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Monday: Was the center of a dispute
Tuesday: Was luckier than most others like him
Wednesday: Made a very long trip that included parts of Clearwater County
Thursday: Needed surgery for a beaver bite
Meriwether Lewis purchased Seaman, a Newfoundland dog, while he was in Pittsburgh, PA, waiting for completion of the boats for the voyage. Seaman cost $20, according Wikipedia.
During the expedition, both Lewis and William Clark performed surgery on one of Seaman's arteries in his hind leg that had been severed by a beaver bite. Wikipedia also says that on the return journey in 1806, Seaman was stolen by Indians and Lewis threatened to send three armed men to kill the tribe if the dog was not returned. The Corps of Discovery ate 263 dogs while traveling on the trail, but Seaman had become a mascot to the party and was spared.
Seaman is mentioned in the journals in reference to encounters with a buffalo calf that was alarmed by the dog and hung close to Lewis. In a later reference, Lewis records how Seaman caused a buffalo bull to change course when it became a threat. He also became very alarmed by bears came near the came did a lot of barking, according to the journals.
A monument to Seaman stands in Cairo, IL. He is also included in other monuments to the expedition.
The Newfoundland is described as a gentle giant among canines who is equally at home on land or sea. This breed was a standard on fishing boats in Canada's maritime province that gave it its name. They helped with hauling nets out of the sea and back to the boat and retrieving objects or people that fall into the sea. They are large enough to pull in a drowning man or break ice when driving into the frigid northern ocean areas. Their lung capacity allows them to swim great distances and fight ocean currents, according to the Lewis and Clark Trail web site.
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