The author is a retired electrical engineer, and a former US Merchant Marine Officer, a captain, who delights in doing historical research in order to write books on subjects largely ignored by others. His conversational style makes for an easy lecture in which the most rigid technical terms become tame and brings the reader along a factual trip.
Jupiter: The Ghost Shipby Julian Chitta
This is the story of a dry cargo ship which worked the Great Lakes for 69 years. In her glorious but quiet life, she never lost one single mariner's life, and completed safely all her voyages. She survived the weather, wars, depression and attacks from most every direction, in a period when the human race witnessed the transition from horse and buggy transportation, to space flights. Her journey from her place of birth to the scrap pile parallels many lives on the waterways.
This is a modest homage to the people who built "Jupiter", and to all those mariners who sailed her.
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Very poorly researched. My grandfather was chief engineer on the Jupiter from 1936 until his retirement in 1952. Also, was First Assistant in 1910. No where in the book is his name mentioned. Totally inaccurate. My grandmother had kept a log on all the ships he sailed on and when. I have his retirement clock from the crew to their "Chief". In Adventures of the Great Lakes an entire chapter is dedicated to the Jupiter with much more accurate information. I was very disappointed after purchasing this book.
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As the grandson of the radio officer named in this book, I can identify with some of the stories my grandfather told me, in the early 1970s about Jupiter. I know that the life on a freighter working the Great Lakes is not for everybody, and this book brings that point out, masterfully. It is a poem dedicated to the American way of life, from an era not so long ago. Those generations of people, who worked on the Jupiter, have seen the fast transition from steam power to rocket power, and that is, in itself, worth reviewing. Excellent book! 5-stars!