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15th Annual Seaman's Day Held At Park

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

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Over two hundred years ago, the 33 people of the Lewis and Clark Expedition wintered at Fort Clatsop. The 34th “member” of this expedition was not a human. His name was Seaman, and he was Meriwether Lewis’ Newfoundland dog.

On July 9th, the park celebrated the 15th annual “Seaman’s Day,” commemorating this member of the Corps of Discovery.

This event provided visitors with an opportunity to learn about Meriwether Lewis’ Newfoundland dog, Seaman, and to meet some modern Newfoundland dogs – including Dolly, the “re-enactor” playing Seaman.  According to the explorers’ 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 “Our Dog Seaman.”  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.



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