Chesapeake Bay Steamers, Virginia (Images of America Series)

Chesapeake Bay Steamers, Virginia (Images of America Series)

by Chris Dickon

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Chesapeake Bay Steamers, Virginia (Images of America Series) by Chris Dickon


Since English settlers first touched the shore of the new country in 1607, the Chesapeake Bay has been a multifaceted engine of American history and commerce. The body of inland tidal water between the largest bay cities, Norfolk and Baltimore, was large enough to be the setting of adventure and close enough to allow smaller towns and cities to grow up on its shores. The common community came to life with the technologies of steamboats that could cover the long distances between North and South relatively quickly. Steamers filled in the nooks and crannies of the bay's geography, and by the mid-19th century, the skies over the bay were lined with dark, waterborne contrails in all directions. Strong machines built to master rough seas while moving gently enough for small harbors, many steamers had life spans that crossed whole eras in American history. Some were drafted into distinguished service in domestic and foreign wars. The steamers plied the bay and its rivers with a feminine grace well into the mid-20th century, when they were overtaken by the rush of modern times. The last steamer sailed into oblivion exactly 150 years after the first of them appeared in Baltimore harbor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738543734
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 11/28/2006
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,252,021
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author


Author Chris Dickon is a writer, historian, and Emmy-winning television producer. His work has been broadcast and published internationally, much of it derived from Virginia's rich past as the original source of American history. Chesapeake Bay Steamers brings together the photograph archives of the Library of Congress and 10 libraries, museums, and historical societies, large and small, from Norfolk to Baltimore.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     6
Introduction     7
Cities of the Bay     9
Rivers and Oceans     27
Old Point Comfort     41
Boats and Trains     51
To the Beaches!     71
The Losses of War     95
The Old Ladies     107
Index of Pictured Boats     127

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Chesapeake Bay Steamers, Virginia (Images of America Series) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book really captured the essence of the eastern shore. He's a great author, we should all read more of his books.