For this purpose he took the route of the deep and rapid St. Lawrence, making his way in bateaux for 130 miles above Montreal.
At present, they are navigable about half their length for small steamboats and bateaux.
The commandant's boat had pulled much faster, and was a long way ahead of the bateaux.
The canoe and bateaux were their only means of transportation.
These fairly swarmed with men loading and unloading ships and bateaux, and piling and unpiling goods.
But Clark was no believer in omens, and he ordered the bateaux to proceed.
His heavy artillery, ammunition, and stores, followed his march by the river in bateaux and other vessels.
Near this place, the two hundred bateaux had been hastily built of green pine.
The bateaux were now on shore, and the party landed to pass the night at the small stockaded village of Trois Rivières.
The Kentuckians could be recognised by their call as they helped the bateaux over the rapids and launched them below.