In eight engaging chapters, this book portrays the steamboat era (1813-1963) on the Chesapeake, which matched in glamour and excitement the steamboats' history on the Mississippi. The book begins with the building of the first steamboat on the Bay in the shadow of bitter struggle among Stevens, Livingston, Fulton, Latrobe, and others, over monopoly on the Delaware and the Chesapeake. It continues with stories of the genius of early engine builders, the legends arising from dramatic steamboat disasters, spirited adventures of the Civil War, the excitement of steamboat excursions and resorts, the personalities of many steamboats and their masters, the railroad's near achievement of monopoly on the Bay, and the denouement when trucks and automobiles eclipsed the role of the steamboat.
|Publisher:||Cornell Maritime Press, Inc.|
|Edition description:||1st ed|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.06(d)|