July 21, 2011

Water’s Dangers Should Be Heeded



Water’s dangers all-too evident…

     How ironic that the June 2, 2011 newspaper headline states information that I might include in a chapter in my historic romance novel. The warning is made about waterways and water bodies in what was once known as the Ohio country—western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, which includes the Monongahela and Ohio rivers. I had just typed into my third chapter the following:

Monongahela River at the Redstone Creek confluence in Brownsville, PA.

       Floating on a poleboat, even against hundreds of miles of river current, was usually safer, easier and far faster than overland travel. However, it was not necessarily safe. There were dead-heads: fallen trees, tops gone, hung up in the river totally underwater. The end pointing upstream would sometimes be raised by the current, till it would breach the surface and punch a hole in the coming flatboat. In low water there were rocks and even rapids in the river which had to be navigated correctly. And always there were the Indians. The Indian was watching the passing flatboat, they could attack it where it stopped. A captive might be used to lure the boat close for attack and capture.

     I’ll concede that we don’t worry about the dangers of Native American and water travelers in today’s world, but the concerns about (more…)

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