National Geographic : 1936 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE THE MASTER CRAFTSMAN SURVEYS HIS BRAIN CHILD A veteran riverman, Captain Harry Guleke, the first man to navigate successfully the Salmon River Canyon, fondles the sweeps of the Expedition's scow built from his own design (pages 95 and 99). Forty years ago, before anyone else had dared to make the passage, Guleke worked his way through the gorge, first learning the secrets of one rapid before attempting the next. Lake. A Basque sheepherder and his flock lent a pastoral touch to the evening scene at the lake. Back at Salmon we wasted little time in seeking our beds-for tomorrow we ex pected a Washington National Guard plane from Spokane for aerial photography above the canyon. At the landing field, provided by Salm on's flying mayor, Flint warmly greeted Observer E. C. French and his old friend and flying companion, Pilot Clare Hart nett. These men, at Flint's request, and in recognition of the National Geographic So ciety, generously flew 2,000 miles over dangerous mountain country to take the aerial photographs used in this article. With an afternoon storm already clouding the scene to the west, the plane, refueled, soared gracefully back in the direction whence it had come, while we returned to the river. A BOAT FOR AN EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGE Our 32-foot boat was almost complete. The 28-foot sweeps, with their 6-foot blades, were in place and by tomorrow it would be ready to "sail." What a strange craft it was! To Williams it looked like an antediluvian ark sired by some prehis toric mail-order packing case. An elevated platform in the center gave the boatmen foothold and a better view while steering. The bottom of this de ceivingly maneuverable scow was doubly lined with green lumber to withstand the shock of submerged rocks. A raised floor was to keep the seepage water from wetting the equipment. Between double walls on each side were stored our canned goods.