Dinosaur Hunting – An Expedition

Here I’ll share portions of a superb adventure with the hope you will read the rest on the original site.   Their first post says:

“This blog will follow the development and the 2010 trip which will be an historically accurate reenactment of the scow-based dinosaur collecting expeditions on the Red Deer River, Alberta, Canada c. 1910-1914.”

Their inspiration: The American Museum of Natural History scow Mary Jane on the Red Deer River, Alberta, Canada, in 1912.
Their inspiration: The American Museum of Natural History scow Mary Jane on the Red Deer River, Alberta, Canada, in 1912.

A few weeks later: “The scow will be built in 4 sections, 2 middle ones with flat bottoms and 2 end sections (bow and stern) which will taper towards the deck. The sections will be bolted together on site prior to launching and taken apart at the end of the trip. Here is one of the middle sections being built. The wood pallets on the ground delineate the length and width of the 1:1 scale replica; you can see it will be a large watercraft.”

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May 2010:  “A rainy and even snowy (yuck) day in Drumheller. So………….. we are now only a month away from launching! This rain is welcome as it rehydrates the parched land and will raise the level of the Red Deer River, but it intereferes with Perry’s construction work on the scow.

Today I will see a man about making up a sheet-metal adapter between the exhaust pipe on the back of the wood stove and the lengths of stovepipe themselves that will rise vertically and extend through the roof of the tent (through a square of fire-proof material sewn into the canvas). The crew and scow tents are all being made now in Calgary. We slightly reduced the main tent on the scow in size from 16′ X 12′ to 16′ X 11′. Reducing the width slightly allows the tying of the tent to a supplementary external wooden frame and especially for storage of the tillers and wooden gangplanks.

Patty got her reprint of the 1915 “Five Roses Cookbook” and will try some of these recipes soon.

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June 2010: “A rainy and even snowy (yuck) day in Drumheller. So………….. we are now only a month away from launching! This rain is welcome as it rehydrates the parched land and will raise the level of the Red Deer River, but it intereferes with Perry’s construction work on the scow.

Today I will see a man about making up a sheet-metal adapter between the exhaust pipe on the back of the wood stove and the lengths of stovepipe themselves that will rise vertically and extend through the roof of the tent (through a square of fire-proof material sewn into the canvas). The crew and scow tents are all being made now in Calgary. We slightly reduced the main tent on the scow in size from 16′ X 12′ to 16′ X 11′. Reducing the width slightly allows the tying of the tent to a supplementary external wooden frame and especially for storage of the tillers and wooden gangplanks.

Patty got her reprint of the 1915 “Five Roses Cookbook” and will try some of these recipes soon.”

And the trip is underway in July 2010:  “Not good news I’m afraid. We got away OK at 3:15 yesterday, but only a couple kilometres downstream hit a bridge piling side on. Some smashed drinking glasses and ceramic mixing bowls were the only minor damage in the kitchen. One of the tiller support blocks was smashed but usable, I was able to nail it back together. After that a leaning tree tried to swipe the tent off the scow. A collision with the bank shattered the tiller block again, and snapped a tiller clean in two. We then had a rough landing in which Patty fell and badly sliced her left index finger open which resulted in an ambulance trip to the Red Deer Hospital. A nasty thunderstorm ensued and we heard of a tornado in the area. We camped on some flat land right above where we stopped, the river now a raging torrent. We only made 12 kilometers yesterday. Perry is on his way to do some repairs. Travelling by scow is very challenging as we are discovering the hard way. In places it is swift (10 km/hr.) with shallow rapids, but placid for the most part so far. We hope to continue on again later today (10 am on the 30th as I write this).”

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Well, Bravo to all of them for trying.   What an adventure.  Read all about their trip here.

Originally posted 2016-07-30 21:32:29.

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