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Steamboats & Sailors Great Lakes
Mark L. Thompson
Wayne State Univ Press
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2007-07-19 22:04:29
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Steamboats & Sailors of the Great Lakes

By Mark L. Thompson.

Cloth with dust jacket, 232 pages, 8.5x11, 97 photographs.

"Steamboats and Sailors of the Great Lakes is a thorough and factual study of the Great Lakes shipping industry. Author Mark Thompson tells the fascinating story of the world's most efficient bulk transportation system, describing the Great Lakes freighters, the cargoes of the great ships, and the men and women who have served as crew. He documents the dramatic changes that ahve taken place in the industry and looks at the critical role that Great Lakes shipping plays in the economic well-being of the U.S. and Canada, despite the fact that the size of the fleet and the amount of cargo carried have declined dramtically in recent years.

"Spanning more than three centuries, from LaSalle's voyage in 1679, through 1975 with the mysterius sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, to life aboard today's thousand-foot behemoths, this important volume documents the evolution of the industry through its "Golden Age" at the end of the 19th century to the present.

"A gold mine of information for anyone interested in local history or the economics of the steel ndustry, even if they don't know a canoe from a cruiser."—The Plain Dealer