Tin Stackers: The History of the Pittsburgh Steamship Company

Overview

Formed in 1901 by U.S. Steel Corporation, the Pittsburgh Steamship Company became the largest commercial fleet in the world and assumed a dominant role in Great Lakes shipping and the American steel industry. Tin Stackers tells its story: the ships, the men who sailed them, and the conditions that shaped their times. Drawing on company records and interviews with officials and sailors, Miller tells how the fleet kept organized labor off Great Lakes ships while leading the way in efficient operation, technological...
See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (3) from $32.64   
  • New (1) from $34.98   
  • Used (2) from $32.64   
Sending request ...

Overview

Formed in 1901 by U.S. Steel Corporation, the Pittsburgh Steamship Company became the largest commercial fleet in the world and assumed a dominant role in Great Lakes shipping and the American steel industry. Tin Stackers tells its story: the ships, the men who sailed them, and the conditions that shaped their times. Drawing on company records and interviews with officials and sailors, Miller tells how the fleet kept organized labor off Great Lakes ships while leading the way in efficient operation, technological advancement, and employee safety. He emphasizes the human element in the company's history by relating the personal challenges faced by crews, and includes many archival photographs. Now navigating the waters of the lakes as the USS Great Lakes Fleet, Inc., these ships continue to play a part in commerce. Tin Stackers preserves their role in industrial history.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814328323
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Series: Great Lakes Books Series
  • Pages: 349
  • Sales rank: 896,226
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Al Miller is a university relations specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Superior
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
List of Terms 9
Introduction 11
Ch. 1 Forged of Steel 15
Ch. 2 E Pluribus Unum 31
Ch. 3 Coulby Comes Aboard 51
Ch. 4 The Pace Quickens 85
Ch. 5 War and Peace 103
Ch. 6 The Roaring Twenties 125
Ch. 7 Tin Stackers Go to War 143
Ch. 8 A Billion Tons of Ore 163
Ch. 9 A New Leader, A New Look 191
Ch. 10 Into the Future 213
Ch. 11 Modern Times 243
App. 1 Vessels Built, Purchased, and Acquired 261
App. 2 Vessels Sold, Scrapped, and Lost 263
App. 3 Vessels of the Pittsburgh Steamship Company 267
App. 4 Original Vessels of the Pittsburgh Steamship Company 321
Notes 323
Bibliography 335
Index 339
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Posted February 20, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Informative

    Gives a fairly thorough history of the Pittsburg Steamship Co., (div. US Steel).
    Having grown up around and on various ships in that fleet. I can appreciate the efforts that went into the preparation of this book.
    My father sailed for the fleet for over 40 years.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2002

    A Must Read

    "Tin Stackers" is a boatwatcher's dream come true. This book is not only a story of US Steel's ships, it's a story of men, men who had a vision of producing steel and producing it in such a way that would radically change America. Unfortunately, the shipping industry is often overshadowed by more common sights of ground transportation, yet this book seeks to show the reader how important Great Lakes shipping is to our economy and how great men such as Carnegie, Rockefeller, JP Morgan, and others played a large role in the steel industry on the Great Lakes. The chapters are well written and insightful, and the photographs make every history buff turn the page for "just one more". The ship's rosters at the end of the book prove indispensable. I highly recommend this to everyone, from the casual boat watcher to the serious historian.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)