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Schooner Passage Sailing Ships
Theodore J. Karamanski
Wayne State Univ Press
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2007-08-18 11:15:20
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Schooner Passage:

Sailing Ships and the Lake Michigan Frontier

By Theodore J. Karamanski.

Cloth with dust Jacket, 245 pages, 59 illustrations, 6x9.

"Throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, schooner trade was a well-developed system of maritime transport for commodities such as grain, lumber, and iron. Schooner Passage is a history of these magnificent sailing vessels and their role in maritime trade along Lake Michigan.

"Theodore J. Karamanski shares with the reader the stories of the men and women who sailed on the schooners, their labor issues and strikes, the role of the schooner in the maritime economy along the Lake Michigan basin, and the factors that led to the eventual demise of that economy in the early twentieth century. Karamanski has put together historical accounts from newspaper clippings, historical society archives, and government documents to provide one of the few available histories of schooners.

"Schooner Passage is a broad and comprehensive examination of the schooner's role on Lake Michigan throughout the nineteenth and into the early twentieth century.... the author demonstrates a masterful command of sources using manuscripts, secondary sources, and even archaeological evidence to weave a fascinating tale of social and technological history." —Frank J. Cantelas, East Carolina University

"Theodore Karamanski is Associate Professor of History at Loyola University of Chicago."