Twilight of the Great Lakes Steamer

Twilight of the Great Lakes Steamer

by Raymond A Bawal Jr.


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Once the mainstay of the Great Lakes fleet, steam powered freighters are now in the twilight of their era on the inland seas. Once numbering in the hundreds, this class is now represented by only twenty active carriers as of the end of the 2008 shipping season. They range from the ST. MARYS CHALLENGER built in 1906, with over 100 years of steadfast service, to the last steam powered freighter constructed on the lakes, the CANADIAN LEADER, built in 1967. Individual histories are given for each vessel providing details of previous and current operations. These steamers encompass a variety of carrier types, including cement carriers, straight deckers, and self-unloaders. Included are numerous never before published photographs, portraying these vessels in both previous and current operations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780981815725
Publisher: Inland Expressions
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Pages: 116
Sales rank: 922,677
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

Raymond A. Bawal, Jr. was born in 1968 at Nuremburg, West Germany and as a young child he traveled the world because his Father was in the Army. In 1978 his family settled in Saint Clair County, Michigan when his father left the Army. Because of his experiences abroad as a young boy he became fascinated by the history around him and so he decided to take his love to the next level and write his first book, Ships of the St. Clair River, in 2008. In 2009 he completed his second book, Twilight of the Great Lakes Steamers, the sister publication to Ships of the St. Clair River. Mr. Bawal, Jr. currently lives in Macomb County Michigan.

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