Product Details


Title:
End of an Era: THE LAST OF THE GREAT LAKE STEAMBOATS
Author:
David Plowden
Publisher:
W W Norton
ISBN or Item #
9780393033489
Date Listed:
2004-11-12 14:36:30
Retail Price:
$50.00
Our Price:
$41.95
Description:

The End of an Era:

The Last of the Great Lake Steamboats

By David Plowden.

Cloth with dust jacket, 11x11, 192 pages, duotone photos throughout.

"No one has photographed America as has David Plowden. ... He is one of the great artists of our time.”—David McCullough

"Since the 1850s when coal-fired, reciprocating steam engines were first heralded as a reliable means of powering ships, these majestic vessels have crisscrossed the Great Lakes transporting everything from coal and grain to iron ore and cement. The speed and efficiency of the lake freighters was unchallenged until the advent of the diesel locomotive engine. Today, however, the massive fleet has been reduced to a handful, and soon the Great Lakes steamboats may be extinct.

"David Plowden has been documenting the Great Lakes steamers for years, but recently, knowing that their time was coming to an end, he intensified his efforts and spent time on the vessels themselves, learning the life aboard with its excitement and hard work. Plowden's beautiful photographs of the steamboats and his evocative text capture the splendor and day-to-day activities of a vanishing era. From freighters in motion and intricate machinery in the engine room, to the glow of the firehold and the action of the men who operate and maintain the vessels, these images are an evocative testament to the Age of Steam and a rich archival slice of our industrial past."

David Plowden is the author of more than twenty photography books, including A Handful of Dust: Disappearing America, Bridges: The Spans of North America, and his new retrospective /uDavid Plowden: Vanishing Point. He lives in Winnetka, Illinois.