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Q: How many dugouts did they construct? What type of trees did they use when they made dugouts?
A: Seventeen-they were made primarily of cottonwoods although five were
made from Ponderosa pine trees in Idaho. i
Q: Why didn't the iron framed boat work?
A: They didn't collect any pitch to process and use to seal the seams of the boat.
Q: Why did Sergeant Nathaniel Pryor build two bullboats for only 3 or 4 guys for the trip down the Yellowstone?
A: Safety-in case one swamped they wouldn't lose all their supplies.
Q: Why didn't Pryor stick to the original plan?
A: His party slept too soundly and the Crow liberated their horses from them.
Q: Who built the first catamaran West of the Mississippi?
A: Clark during his descent of the Yellowstone had two dugouts constructed and lashed them together with a platform in the middle to hold their supplies.
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