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Pictured here are the captains or pilots of the Mark Twain River Boat to give a ride up the Mississippi for tourist visiting Hannibul Missouri, the hometown of Samuel Clemens.
This River Boat is named after the author Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) who wrote his books under that name.
His most popular books are: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Do you know why he chose the pen name “Mark Twain”?
As the riverboats moved up and down the Mississippi River the Pilot needed to know where the river was deep enough for the boat. To do this they would lower a weighted rope over the side of the boat. The rope had two knots in it at different measurements. If the water came up to the first knot, a crewman would call up to the captain “Mark”. If the water came up to the second knot they would call “Twain”. By the calls of mark and twain the captain would know where to steer the boat.
Samuel Clemens heard the calls mark and twain many times while he was growing up along the Mississippi River. When he wanted to choose a pen name to author his books, “Mark Twain” was the natural choice.