The Great American Steamboat Race: The Natchez and the Robert E. Lee and the Climax of an Era

The Great American Steamboat Race: The Natchez and the Robert E. Lee and the Climax of an Era

by Benton Rain Patterson
     
 

Running from New Orleans to St. Louis in the summer of 1870, the race between the Robert E. Lee and the Natchez remains the world's most famous steamboat race. This book tells the story of the dramatic contest, which was won by the stripped-down, cargoless Robert E. Lee after three days, 18 hours, and 14 minutes of steaming through day, night and fog. The Natchez

Overview

Running from New Orleans to St. Louis in the summer of 1870, the race between the Robert E. Lee and the Natchez remains the world's most famous steamboat race. This book tells the story of the dramatic contest, which was won by the stripped-down, cargoless Robert E. Lee after three days, 18 hours, and 14 minutes of steaming through day, night and fog. The Natchez finished the race only hours later, having been delayed by carrying her normal load and tying up overnight because of the intense fog. Providing details on not only the race narrative but also on the boats themselves, the book gives an intimate look at the majestic vessels that conquered the country's greatest waterway and defined the bravado of 19th-century America.

Editorial Reviews

Sea History
Benton Rain Patterson writes a cracking good narrative of the race, with the sort of excitement one might expect from a World Series announcer in a tight game between bitter rivals

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786442928
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
05/07/2009
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Formerly with the New York Times and the Saturday Evening Post, Benton Rain Patterson is an emeritus associate professor of journalism at the University of Florida.

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