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Four Months in a Sneak-Box   By: (1837-1902)

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FOUR MONTHS IN A SNEAK BOX.

A BOAT VOYAGE OF 2600 MILES DOWN THE OHIO AND MISSISSIPPI RIVERS, AND ALONG THE GULF OF MEXICO.

BY NATHANIEL H. BISHOP

AUTHOR OF "A THOUSAND MILES' WALK ACROSS SOUTH AMERICA," AND "VOYAGE OF THE PAPER CANOE."

TO THE OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE LIGHT HOUSE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE UNITED STATES This Book is Dedicated BY ONE WHO HAS LEARNED TO RESPECT THEIR HONEST, INTELLIGENT AND EFFICIENT LABORS IN SERVING THEIR GOVERNMENT, THEIR COUNTRYMEN, AND MANKIND GENERALLY.

INTRODUCTION.

EIGHTEEN months ago the author gave to the public his "VOYAGE OF THE PAPER CANOE: A GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNEY OF 2500 MILES FROM QUEBEC TO THE GULF OF MEXICO, DURING THE YEARS 1874 5."

The kind reception by the American press of the author's first journey to the great southern sea, and its republication in Great Britain and in France within so short a time of its appearance in the United States, have encouraged him to give the public a companion volume, "FOUR MONTHS IN A SNEAK BOX," which is a relation of the experiences of a second cruise to the Gulf of Mexico, but by a different route from that followed in the "VOYAGE OF THE PAPER CANOE." This time the author procured one of the smallest and most comfortable of boats a purely American model, developed by the bay men of the New Jersey coast of the United States, and recently introduced to the gunning fraternity as the BARNEGAT SNEAK BOX. This curious and stanch little craft, though only twelve feet in length, proved a most comfortable and serviceable home while the author rowed in it more than 2600 miles down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, and along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, until he reached the goal of his voyage the mouth of the wild Suwanee River which was the terminus of his "VOYAGE OF THE PAPER CANOE."

The maps which illustrate the contours of the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, like those in the other volume, are the most reliable ever given to the public, having been drawn and engraved, by contract for the work, by the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey Bureau.

LAKE GEORGE, WARREN CO., NEW YORK STATE,

SEPTEMBER 1st, 1879.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I. THE BOAT FOR THE VOYAGE. CANOES FOR SHALLOW STREAMS AND FREQUENT PORTAGES. SNEAK BOXES FOR DEEP WATERCOURSES. HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION OF THE BARNEGAT SNEAK BOX. A WALK DOWN EEL STREET TO MANAHAWKEN MARSHES. HONEST GEORGE, THE BOAT BUILDER. THE BUILDING OF THE SNEAK BOX "CENTENNIAL REPUBLIC." ITS TRANSPORTATION TO THE OHIO RIVER.

CHAPTER II. SOURCES OF THE OHIO RIVER. DESCRIPTION OF THE MONONGAHELA AND ALLEGHANY RIVERS. THE OHIO RIVER. EXPLORATION OF CAVELIER DE LA SALLE. NAMES GIVEN BY ANCIENT CARTOGRAPHERS TO THE OHIO. ROUTES OF THE ABORIGINES FROM THE GREAT LAKES TO THE OHIO RIVER.

CHAPTER III. FROM PITTSBURGH TO BLENNERHASSET'S ISLAND. THE START FOR THE GULF. CAUGHT IN THE ICE RAFT. CAMPING ON THE OHIO. THE GRAVE CREEK MOUND. AN INDIAN SEPULCHRE. BLENNERHASSET'S ISLAND. AARON BURR'S CONSPIRACY. A RUINED FAMILY.

CHAPTER IV. FROM BLENNERHASSET'S ISLAND TO CINCINNATI. RIVER CAMPS. THE SHANTY BOATS AND RIVER MIGRANTS. VARIOUS EXPERIENCES. ARRIVAL AT CINCINNATI. THE SNEAK BOX FROZEN UP IN PLEASANT RUN. A TAILOR'S FAMILY. A NIGHT UNDER A GERMAN COVERLET.

CHAPTER V. FROM CINCINNATI TO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. CINCINNATI. MUSIC AND PORK IN PORKOPOLIS. THE BIG BONE LICK OF FOSSIL ELEPHANTS. COLONEL CROGHAN'S VISIT TO THE LICK. PORTAGE AROUND THE "FALLS," AT LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY. STUCK IN THE MUD. THE FIRST STEAMBOAT OF THE WEST. VICTOR HUGO ON THE SITUATION. A FREEBOOTER'S DEN. WHOOPING AND SAND HILL CRANES. THE SNEAK BOX ENTERS THE MISSISSIPPI.

CHAPTER VI. DESCENT OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. LEAVE CAIRO, ILLINOIS. THE LONGEST RIVER IN THE WORLD. BOOK GEOGRAPHY AND BOAT GEOGRAPHY. CHICKASAW BLUFF. MEETING WITH THE PARAKEETS. FORT DONALDSON. EARTHQUAKES AND LAKES. WEIRD BEAUTY OF REELFOOT LAKE... Continue reading book >>




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