Letter from Georgie
Georgies own account of the state of Grand Canyon boating in
1955, as written in response to a query from Bill Beer. Handwritten in red ball point pen
on grade school copy paper.
...courtesy Bill Beer
No one has made swim with life Preservers clear through Canyon before
youaverage water 10,000 Second Feet.
Another person and myself swam with life Preserver 60 miles 1945 + 125 miles
in 1946 = Lower Granite Canyon at 65,000 second feet (water level makes a great
difference in experience
No one else has triedwe were first on lower half = a White in early
History went through on raft [James].
225 people as of august 1954 have went thru Grand Canyon by boat or swim
Boat trips vary from one week to three weeks.
Jimmy Riggs of Grand Junction, Colo [and brother Bob] has run all
rapids and holds record for time in hand rowed boat (over motors even) Write to him for
actual time Really something. Wood Cataract boat 2 men
Very few people in all of history have actually been killed & of recent
years Bert Loper of age 80 or 81 died of Heart Failure while running own boat= only couple
in recent history = Honeymoon couple boat found but they never appeared. more accident
have happened on smooth water (Hite to Lees Ferry) than on Grand in last 10 years
9Rubber 10 man Neoprene Landing Craft
2 Rubber 27FT Pontoons
1 Kayakwith Large Boats along
1Canoewith Large Boats along
Wood Catr Type Boat
Motor BoatCris Craft
Will be coming thru LA which is my home on way to Middle Fork of Salmon +
will call you (many thing I can explain by talking but cant write so hurridly )
about July 31
Have largest group in history coming through Grand 30 1955 [Two folks
didnt make it. Georgie left Lees with 28, took on Canyon District Ranger Dan Davis
at Tanner, and let off 9 at Phantom where 8 replaced them. This information courtesy of
3- Hand Rowed Boats
3- Johnsons sea Horse Powered Boats
Land Boulder July 25
Leave Lees Ferry July 5
Would like to meet you, I was surprised it took 10 years for someone else to
try the swim float I give you all the credit in the world for going clear
thru. Was a trip of a lifetime however one makes it = swim Boat or etc.