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IF YOU GO
26TH ANNUAL SEAMAN’S DAY
When: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday,
Where: Lewis and Clark National Historical
Park, 92343 Fort Clatsop Road, Astoria.
Details: Activities, lectures and a chance
to see Newfoundlands. $7 park entrance
fee for adults 15 and older.
A Newfoundland dog.
Celebrating the 34th
member of the Lewis
and Clark Expedition
By PATTY HARDIN
FOR COAST WEEKEND
id you know that a dog played a
crucial role in the Lewis and Clark
When Merriwether Lewis purchased
Seaman for $20 in August 1803, he prob-
ably had little idea that several years later
people would gather to honor the exploits
of this courageous animal.
During the winter of 1805-1806, 33 peo-
ple on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
stayed at Fort Clatsop. There was a 34th
member of this group, Lewis’s Newfound-
land dog Seaman.
According to journals of the expedition
members, Seaman has been credited with
being a watchdog, hunter, retriever, com-
panion and diplomat.
On July 10, the 26th Annual Seaman’s
Day commemoration will be held at the
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park at
Fort Clatsop from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
able as a big, furry personal ﬂ otation device
just in case.
“We encourage visitors to ask the
dog handlers to show them the webbing
between their dogs’ toes,” said Sally Free-
man, a ranger at Fort Clatsop.
Newfoundland dogs have four coat col-
ors: black, brown, white (also called a
Landseer because of their resemblance to a
Landseer) and gray.
The Landseer is a dog breed, named
after the British painter Sir Edwin Henry
Landseer, who owned Newfoundland dogs
about the same time Lewis and Clark were
beginning their journey. The Landseer is
not to be confused with a black and white
Marty Martin, from Ocean Park, Wash.,
will attend the festivities with her black and
white Newfoundland, Bismarck.
Martin and Bismarck have participated
“He’s getting old now, but he used to
chase the red dot just like a cat,” Mar-
tin said. “It was pretty funny to see a 160
pound dog leap in the air after the dot.”
Dogs with special skills may demon-
strate those skills during the day’s
Getting to see the dogs, pet them and ask
questions of the owners is a crowd favorite.
“We get a decent little crowd for the
talks on Seaman’s role in the expedition,”
Dogs on leashes are welcome at the
event. Dog owners should avoid the car-
peted area of the visitor’s center. The dogs
are not allowed in the rooms of the fort.
Dogs at Seaman’s Day at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.
with activities, lectures and chance to see
The park has invited some guest New-
foundland dogs and their owners to volun-
teer for Seaman’s Day. The public will have
two opportunities to meet these dogs at
12:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Newfoundland dogs are a breed with
webbed paws. This enables them to be
powerful swimmers, and most of these dogs
love the water.
Since some of the soldiers in the Lewis
and Clark Expedition didn’t swim, perhaps
they felt more secure with Seaman avail-
The Kids Corps will feature dog-themed
crafts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the visitor’s
Youngsters will have the chance to craft
a headband with ﬂ oppy dog ears attached.
There will also be face painting for children
and adults, giving visitors a chance to have
a dog paw or even their whole face painted
to resemble a dog.
“Seaman is a favorite expedition charac-
ter for the kids,” said Jim Wilson, a volun-
teer at Fort Clatsop. CW