Monday, Jul 14, 2008
Over two hundred years ago, the 33 people of the Lewis and Clark Expedition wintered at Fort Clatsop. The 34th âmemberâ of this expedition was not a human. His name was Seaman, and he was Meriwether Lewisâ Newfoundland dog.
On July 9th, the park celebrated the 15th annual âSeamanâs Day,â commemorating this member of the Corps of Discovery.
This event provided visitors with an opportunity to learn about Meriwether Lewisâ Newfoundland dog, Seaman, and to meet some modern Newfoundland dogs â including Dolly, the âre-enactorâ playing Seaman. According to the explorersâ journals, Seaman served as a watchdog, hunter, retriever, companion and diplomat during the two-and-a-half year voyage of discovery.
During the day, rangers gave a talk called âOur Dog Seaman.â Programs about modern life with a huge, furry Newfoundland dog were also held during the event.
For more on Seaman, click on the link below, which takes you to a PBS site with more on his life.