• Arago

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    Steamboat: ARAGO
    Built: 1860
    Tonnage: 268
    Clemens' Service: 28 July - 31 August 1860
    Co-Pilot: Isaiah W. "Bill" Hood
    [identification of "Bill" Hood was made by researcher Michael Marleau, Nov. 2006]
    Captain: George P. Sloan
    Fate: Burned in Dog Tooth Bend, near Commerce, MO on Feb. 6, 1865.

  • July 28, 1860

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    July 28 Saturday – Sam piloted the Arago (268 tons), co-pilot J.W. Hood, Captain George P. Sloan.
    The boat left St. Louis on this date bound for Vicksburg.

  • August 10, 1860

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    August 10 Friday – Sam witnessed the aurora borealis (“it was very beautiful, but it did not last very
    long”) and mentions it in his letter the following day.

  • August 11, 1860

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    August 11 Saturday – The Arago arrived in Cairo. Sam wrote from Cairo, Illinois to Susan I.
    (Belle) Stotts, sister of Orion’s wife, Mollie.
    Dear Belle:
    Confound me if I wouldn’t eat up half a dozen of you small girls if I just had the merest shadow of a
    chance this morning. Here I am, now, about 3 weeks out from Keokuk, and 2 from St. Louis, and yet I
    have not heard a word from you—and may not, possibly, for 2 or 3 more weeks, as we shall go no
    further up the river at present, but turn back from here and go to New Orleans.

  • August 30, 1860

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    August 30 Thursday – With J.W. Hood, his Arago copilot, Sam wrote “Pilot’s Memoranda,” a
    burlesque on pilot journaling. The piece was published over a year later in the St. Louis Missouri
    Republican [ET&S 1: 142]. This date is also given as the Republican publication date [MTNJ 1:
    50n1;MTPO].