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Lake Michigan Passenger Steamers

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“Presenting a wealth of new material that is the result of monumental research, this book deals with a significant part of American social and economic history not previously available. An encyclopedic archive for future researchers, it will be an essential source for maritime historians and for local historians of the towns in Michigan and Wisconsin served by the vessels.”—Edwin F. Dunbaugh, Hofstra University
“This book is nicely produced by Stanford University Press, with ...
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Overview


“Presenting a wealth of new material that is the result of monumental research, this book deals with a significant part of American social and economic history not previously available. An encyclopedic archive for future researchers, it will be an essential source for maritime historians and for local historians of the towns in Michigan and Wisconsin served by the vessels.”—Edwin F. Dunbaugh, Hofstra University
“This book is nicely produced by Stanford University Press, with good paper, sturdy binding and clear, easy to read type. . . . This is a scholarly book, reflecting countless hours of research, careful compilation and writing. The text, in tone and content, is thoughtful and serious, reflecting the author’s career in economics as well as his lifetime fascination with these steamships. It is an insightful book that goes far beyond simple description and presernts an understanding of the rise and fall of the passenger steamers. For anyone with an interest in passenger steamers in general or in transportation around the Great Lakes and the major cities including Chicago and Milwaukee, this book is essential reading. This is an excellent book and an outstanding reference.”—Railroad Model Craftsmen
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"Presenting a wealth of new material that is the result of monumental research, this book deals with a significant part of American social and economic history not previously available. An encyclopedic archive for future researchers, it will be an essential source for maritime historians and for local historians of the towns in Michigan and Wisconsin served by the vessels."—Edwin F. Dunbaugh, Hofstra University

"This book is nicely produced by Stanford University Press, with good paper, sturdy binding and clear, easy to read type. . . . This is a scholarly book, reflecting countless hours of research, careful compilation and writing. The text, in tone and content, is thoughtful and serious, reflecting the author's career in economics as well as his lifetime fascination with these steamships. It is an insightful book that goes far beyond simple description and presernts an understanding of the rise and fall of the passenger steamers. For anyone with an interest in passenger steamers in general or in transportation around the Great Lakes and the major cities including Chicago and Milwaukee, this book is essential reading. This is an excellent book and an outstanding reference."—Railroad Model Craftsmen

"...the author has achieved his intention "to provide antiquarian scholarship on the ships." He is to be congratulated on producing one of the most scholarly and useful books published on this aspect of Great Lakes shipping history."—Steamboat Bill

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804742405
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


George W. Hilton is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of several books on U.S. transportation history, most recently Eastland: Legacy of the Titanic (Stanford, 1995)
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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1 The Industry
1 The Lake 3
Improvement of the Lake 18
2 Early Navigation 25
3 The Ships 54
Sailing Vessels 54
Paddle Steamers 59
Propeller Steamers 72
4 Traffic 103
Passenger and Fruit Traffic 103
General Cargo 129
Economic Organization 131
5 The Decline 140
Rise of Motor Transport 140
The La Follette Seamen's Act 148
The Eastland Disaster 150
World War I 151
Motorization of the Mosquito Fleets 154
Municipal Pier 156
The Georgian Bay Line 158
The Final Mergers 160
Pt. 2 Corporate Histories
Indiana Transportation Company 177
Graham & Morton Transportation Company 195
Chicago & South Haven Steamship Company 218
Crawford Transportation Company 236
Holland & Chicago Transportation Company 244
Goodrich Transit Company 255
The Milwaukee Cross-Lake Ferry Line 278
Pere Marquette Line Steamers 295
Northern Michigan Transportation Company 304
Hart Steamboat Line 316
App The Great Lakes System of Commands 325
App Fleet Lists 326
Index 353
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