First Steamboat Down the Mississippi

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Experience this real-life adventure through the eyes of a young crew member aboard the steamboat New Orleans.

A fictional account of the eventful 1811 voyage down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers on the steamboat "New Orleans," told through the eyes of a fourteen-year-old deckhand.

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Overview

Experience this real-life adventure through the eyes of a young crew member aboard the steamboat New Orleans.

A fictional account of the eventful 1811 voyage down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers on the steamboat "New Orleans," told through the eyes of a fourteen-year-old deckhand.

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Tim, a 14-year-old deckhand, is among the crew on the first steamboat to travel up and down the Mississippi. Through his journey, readers learn the facts of the trip--about Nicholas Rossevelt, who built the steamboat, and his pregnant wife, who insisted on having her baby on board . Also mentioned are the odd events of 1811, several of which were chalked up to the sighting of the mysterious comet now called Halley's. While Fichter delivers much of the intrigue of the voyage, and reveals fascinating side notes, his hero never becomes more than an idealized device. Tim is noble in the extreme, and because of the way events are mapped out, suspense never builds adequately. Ages 8-up. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882897158
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/1989
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.79 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Author George Fichter is a former editor of the Golden Guides series and the Golden Encyclopedia of Natural His-tory. For several years he was editor in chief of Fisherman Press. He has written more than fifty books about wildlife and the outdoors, as well as three books on American his-tory. Since 1983 he has been the writer-in-residence at Stetson University.

A graduate of the University of Montana, Joe Boddy is a well-known illustrator of children's books. He lives in Montana.

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