[Annie and John Bidwell and Sallie Kennedy]
[underlined: page 2 continued].on the second day the Spoonbill sprang a bad leak from the swelling of the bottom timbers; two of them crumpled out thus, at a [drawing] point where they were badly nailed, & I had to run her ashore for repairs. I turned her upside down on a pebly bar, took out one of the timbers, whittled it carefully down to the right dimensions, replaced it, & nailed it tight & fast with a stone for a hammer: then caulked the new joint, shoved her back into the current, & rechristened her “The Snagjumper”. She afterwards behaved splendidly in the most trying places, & leaked only at the rate of fifteen tin cupfuls per hour. Her performances in the way of [drawing of boat] snagjumping are truly wonderful Most snags are covered with slimy algae & lean downstream, & the sloping bows of the jumper enabled her the jumper to glance gracefully up & over them when not too high above the water, while her lightness prevented any strain sufficient to crush her bottom. On one occasion 00314
1877 Oct 10
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