Steamboat Montana and the Opening of the West: History, Excavation, and Architecture / Edition 1

Steamboat Montana and the Opening of the West: History, Excavation, and Architecture / Edition 1

by ANNALIES CORBIN, BRADLEY A. RODGERS
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813032547

ISBN-13: 9780813032542

Pub. Date: 08/03/2008

Publisher: University Press of Florida

The Montana was a shining example of modern design and technological sophistication when it made its maiden voyage in 1879. But it is remembered for its ironic end: only five years after it was launched, the Montana struck a railroad bridge near Bridgeton, Missouri, and sank.
 
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Overview

The Montana was a shining example of modern design and technological sophistication when it made its maiden voyage in 1879. But it is remembered for its ironic end: only five years after it was launched, the Montana struck a railroad bridge near Bridgeton, Missouri, and sank.
 
One of the largest stern-wheel vessels ever to navigate a western river, the Montana was built to compete with railroads. The recent archaeological excavation of its wreckage, combined with a wealth of written and visual material documenting its construction and use, offers fascinating insights into a little-known aspect of Western expansion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813032542
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
08/03/2008
Series:
New Perspectives on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology Series
Edition description:
First
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Rediscovering a Local Legend 1

2 The Wild West: Historical Setting 7

3 "A Most Cantankerous River": Taming the Missouri 28

4 Excavating the Montana 52

5 Construction and Engineering 86

6 Epilogue 112

Notes 119

Bibliography 127

Index 133

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