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In The Western River Steamboat, nautical archaeologist Adam I. Kane traces the development of this once commonplace vessel. Kane describes the importance and impact of the steamboat in American history and complements his historical analysis with clear, concise technical explanations of the construction and evolution of Western river steamboats.
Using photographs, drawings, and charts to help readers visualize the early steamboats and the study of their remains by archaeologists, Kane explains how the rivers dictated the design of the hull, why stern wheels replaced side wheels, how hogging chains kept hulls from buckling, and why safety valves were of little use when engineers regularly overloaded them.
Anyone intrigued by the vessel that changed America's West, in addition to those studying historical or nautical archaeology, maritime history, or cultural resource management, will find this book of interest.
About the Author:
ADAM I. KANE lives in New Haven, Vermont, and works as a nautical archaeologist at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. He holds a master's degree in anthropology from Texas A&M University and has done extensive fieldwork at archaeological sites throughout the United States.
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|1||Westward, Onboard a Steamboat||3|
|3||An Unpromising Beginning: Steamboats, 1811-20||44|
|4||Trial, Error, and Adaptation: Steamboats, 1820-35||59|
|5||Colonizing the West: Steamboats, 1835-60||84|
|App. 1||Western River Steamboat Construction and Tonnage, 1811-80||131|
|App. 2||Table of Steamboat Measurements from 1850||133|