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Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

My Favorite Boat

 
 
My Favorite Boat Marker image. Click for full size.
By Henry T. McLin, July 1, 2009
1. My Favorite Boat Marker
Inscription. The metal boat frame to your right is a replica of a collapsible boat built here for Lewis and Clark. Menwether Lewis came to the armory in 1803 to prepare for an epic cross-continent journey and oversee the construction and testing of the boat. Lewis successfully tested it in the nearby Potomac River. Unfortunately the boat failed them in the wild. Lewis wrote "She leaked in such manner that she would not answer ... [I] relinquished all further hope of my favorite boat.." He ordered his men to dig a cache and bury the frame along a Missouri River bank. The original boat frame has never been found.

Meriwether Lewis (left) designed the collapsible boat himself and oversaw construction of its frame at Harpers Ferry armory in 1803.

During testing here the metal frame was covered with animal hides and sealed with pine-pitch to make it water tight.
 
Erected by Harpers Ferry National Historic Site - National Park Service - Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 39° 19.439′ N, 77° 43.782′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Potomac Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
View of the Potomac River and railroad trestles from the My Favorite Boat marker. image. Click for full size.
By Henry T. McLin, July 1, 2009
2. View of the Potomac River and railroad trestles from the My Favorite Boat marker.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Perfect Heap of Ruins (a few steps from this marker); Daring Escapes (a few steps from this marker); Racing West (a few steps from this marker); Home of Joseph Perkins (within shouting distance of this marker); Six Acres That Changed the World (within shouting distance of this marker); Found Underground (within shouting distance of this marker); Power of the Potomac (within shouting distance of this marker); Armory Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
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My Favorite Boat Marker and boat frame replica image. Click for full size.
By Henry T. McLin, July 1, 2009
3. My Favorite Boat Marker and boat frame replica
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 664 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 4, 2009, by Henry T. McLin of Hanover, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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