Terrifying Steamboat Stories

Terrifying Steamboat Stories

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by James L. Donahue

In Terrifying Steamboat Stories, Great Lakes historian James L. Donahue gives readers a glimpse of the romantic age of steamships from the day the Walk-In-The-Water puffed her way across Lake Erie in 1818 until diesel engines took over almost 150 years later.

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From Thunder Bay Press

In Terrifying Steamboat Stories, Great Lakes historian James L. Donahue gives readers a glimpse of the romantic age of steamships from the day the Walk-In-The-Water puffed her way across Lake Erie in 1818 until diesel engines took over almost 150 years later. This was a time when the skyline over the lakes was black from the coal smoke of passing freighters, passenger liners, steam barges and tugboats. The early steamers were especially dangerous.

The stories range from horrifying tales of shipwrecks to humorous yarns such as the story of the cook who waved the steamer Hastings when it got turned around and went the wrong way on Lake Ontario and that of the Argo that made a rocky trip up the Detroit River.

209 pages, 6″ x 9″, softcover.
ISBN: 978-1-882376-36-6.
Item Number: LS1172.

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