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On Seaman’s Day, Fort Clatsop goes to the dogs

Newfoundlands and their humans gather to celebrate the 34th member of the Lewis & Clark Expedition on July 11

Published on July 4, 2018 3:11PM

Fort Clatsop hosts Seaman’s Day every July in honor of the 34th member of the Corps of Discovery: Seaman, Meriwether Lewis’ Newfoundland dog.

Joshua Bessex photo

Fort Clatsop hosts Seaman’s Day every July in honor of the 34th member of the Corps of Discovery: Seaman, Meriwether Lewis’ Newfoundland dog.

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Bjorn, a Newfoundland dog, at Seaman’s Day

Courtesy Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Bjorn, a Newfoundland dog, at Seaman’s Day

Seaman’s Day at Fort Clatsop

Courtesy Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Seaman’s Day at Fort Clatsop


FORT CLATSOP — The 33 people of the Lewis and Clark Expedition wintered at Fort Clatsop in 1805 to 1806. The 34th “member” of this expedition was Seaman, Capt. Meriwether Lewis’ Newfoundland dog.

The 25th annual Seaman’s Day honoring the dog of the Corps of Discovery will be held Wednesday, July 11, at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop.

According to the explorers’ journals, Seaman served as a watchdog, hunter, retriever, companion and diplomat during the two-and-a-half year voyage of discovery. The park has invited guest Newfoundland dogs and their people to volunteer this day. The special event offers visitors an opportunity to learn about Seaman and meet some modern Newfoundlands.

The day’s schedule: a flintlock program (10:30 a.m.); Netul River Trail walk (11 a.m.); “Our Dog Seaman” talk (11:30 a.m.); meeting the Newfoundland dogs (12:30 p.m.); flintlock program (1:30 p.m.); Netul River Trail walk (2 p.m.); meeting the Newfoundland dogs (2:30 p.m.); “Our Dog Seaman” talk (3:30 p.m.); flintlock program (4:30 p.m.).

Kids Corps dog-themed crafts will be available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the visitor center. Costumed rangers will be at the fort during the day to answer questions and share living history.

The park is open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $7 per adult and free for youth 15 and under. Passes to National Park Service sites are accepted.

For more information, call the park at 503-861-4414.





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