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Great Lakes Shipwrecks & Survivals: Longer Ships, The Winter Great Lake Lighthouse tales The Great Lakes Guide to Sunken Ships Tin Stackers: The History of the Pittsburgh Steamship Company (Great Lakes Books)
From Publishers Weekly
 In his newest book, Dennis (From a Wooden Canoe) offers an engrossing description of being a crew member on the schooner Malabar on a sixweek trip through the waters of Lakes Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior. Capt. Hajo Knuttel and other crew members such as Tim, the ship's creative cook, spring to life in this modern adventure tale. Dennis weaves anecdotes from his childhood, such as a familyfishing trip on Lake Michigan, together with informed commentary on the natural history of the lakes and the people who live there as well as evocative descriptions of the enchanting view of the forests along Lake Superior from the schooner. His narrative is a continual reminder of the dangers inherent in navigating the waters of these magnificent lakes as he details their current condition; he explains that in the 1970s, Lake Erie's waters were saved from an ecological disaster by a public outcry, yet other waters are still in danger from commercial dumping. But all does not go smoothly for the Malabar; Dennis's narrative takes on an air of adventure when, toward the end of the trip, the Malabar and its crew encounter a terrifying storm. Photos not seen by PW.
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From Booklist
 Dennis surveys the Inland Seas through the viewpoint of his lakefaring rambles in three different vessels: schooner, racing yacht, and voyageur canoe. As he passes the numerous spectacular sights the Great Lakes afford sailors, Dennis recalls their associated history in a vibrant blend of personal observation and geological, historical, and environmental anecdote. The main focus here is a schooner trip in 2000 from Grand Traverse Bay to Maine (via the Erie Canal). As the Malabar negotiates the... read more       Book Description
 The riveting account of a 1913 storm that paralyzed the heart of America 

Autumn gales have pursued mariners across the Great Lakes for centuries. On Friday, November 7, 1913, those gales captured their prey. After four days of winds up to 90 miles an hour, freezing temperatures, whiteout blizzard conditions, and mountainous seas, 19 ships had been lost, two dozen had been thrown ashore, 238 sailors were dead, and the city of Cleveland was confronting the worst natural disaster in its history. 

In White Hurricane, writer and mariner David G. Brown combines narrative intensity with factual depth to recreate the events of the
Great Lakes LighthousesBonfires & Beacons : Great Lakes Lighthouses ~ Usually ships in 24 hours

Larry Wright, Patricia Wright / Hardcover / Published 1997
This is a beautiful choice for lovers of the seashore, worth picking up for the photos alone. Featuring 43 of the 350 lighthouses on the Great Lakes, it includes interesting stories of wrecks and rescues, lights and lighthouse keepers--some of whom had to climb to the top of a 98-foot tower every six hours to fuel the light with kerosene.

Paddle-To-The-Sea Paddle-To-The-Sea (Sandpiper Books)
A young Indian boy carves a little canoe with a figure inside and names him Paddle-to-the-Sea. Paddle's journey, in text and pictures, through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean provides an excellent geographic and historical picture of the region. "Geography of the best kind made vivid by the power of imagination." -- Horn Book

A young Indian boy carves a canoe and travels through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. The text and pictures provide an excellent geographical and historical picture of the region. Caldecott Honor Book.

End of an Era : The Last of the Great Lakes Steamboats ~ David Plowden

Reviewer: John M Biolchini ) from United States
David Plowden has spent many hours sailing aboard older Great Lakes Steamships. His goal was to capture the essence and emotion of this unique type of steam vessel. The days of the the reciprocating steam engine aboard commercial frieght ships has come and gone just like the old venerable steam locomotives. The beautiful black and white photographs, coupled with an insightful narrative, gives the reader the most realistic vision of an era which will never again be experienced in human history. When David set out to do this project, he sensed the urgency of his mission. Today, most all of these vessels have been retired or scrapped and will never again feel the the seas, or the warmth and love of thier the crews. I have personally observed David as he stolled about our decks with great love and devotion for these ships. This book is a culmination of that love. This artists goal, to capture these vessels as they lived and breathed, has been majestically fulfilled. It is a must for anyone with interest into the daily workings of steamships, steam engines, and the people who lived among them. This book truly captures an "End of an Era".


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