We were compelled to cordelle our boat, and sometimes lift it over the rocks for several rods.
Big men, bearded and powerful, pushing up stream with the cordelle on their shoulders!
With much ado, with poles and cordelle, we made but five miles.
When sail and oar and setting-pole proved unavailing, the men were out and overboard, running the banks with the cordelle.
The cordelle was a rope, often several hundred yards long, by means of which men towed boats up rapid streams.
When the current was especially strong, the end of the cordelle was attached to a tree and a windlass used.Ed.