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Published October 19 2004

Expedition keelboat trucked to Bismarck due to low water

BISMARCK, N.D. - A 55-foot replica of the keelboat used in the Lewis and Clark expedition 200 years ago has arrived in this city on a trailer because of low water levels on the Missouri River.

Larry McClain, director of the Discovery Expedition, said the river was impassable in spots, requiring the boat to be trucked to Bismarck from South Dakota over the weekend.

He said the 7-ton vessel has a 4-foot draft.

Crews also had to truck the vessel through some parts of South Dakota because of low water, McClain said.

The boat will be docked in Bismarck during the "Circle of Cultures" event at the University of Mary Oct. 22-31.