Our chief danger lay in presuming too much upon our light draft and in venturing too far from the indicated channels.
The magnificent Yukon river runs through the territory, and steamers of light draft can sail on its waters for 1,500 miles.
Within their embrace was a more or less safe anchorage for light draft craft.
Even if the supplies were at Texas City they could not be moved fast, as there were not enough boats of light draft at Galveston.
The Bush River is at the far end of the Michaelville range and it is navigable for craft of light draft at high tide.
Consequently our stay on the island was soon terminated by our embarking on a light draft steamer for Corpus Christi.
It is the head of canoe navigation, and steamboats of light draft can approach it.
The entrance into the harbor is very shallow and allows only sailboats of light draft.
Above the Silver Spring outlet, only the smallest boats of light draft can get through the crooked channel.
The Nantucket was a small side-wheel steamer of light draft, and we were able to run in and out over the bar at will.