Portfolio Naples Collector's Issue 2020 - Page 108

In August 1907 with Charley Tommy, a Seminole Indian man, as their guide (standing on left), the Dimocks planned to use canoes to cross the Everglades from the Ten Thousand Islands to Miami. They took the Irene south from Marco Island into the Ten Thousand Islands, anchored, and unloaded the small craft. The motorboat towed the canoes up Rocky Creek (shown here) as far as possible, and then the Dimocks set out to the east. The two crewmen from the Irene took the motorboat back to the houseboat and returned to Marco Island. Just as Charley Tommy had warned them, the Everglades were too dry to traverse even in canoes, and the expedition was abandoned nine days later. August 12, 1907; 48367.