Sailing into History
Great Lakes Bulk Carriers of the Twentieth Century and the Crews Who Sailed Them
The Great Lakes create a vast transportation network that supports a massive shipping industry. In this volume, seamanship, cargo, competition, cooperation, technology, engineering, business, unions, government decisions, and international agreements all come together to create a story of unrivaled interest about the Great Lakes ships and the crews that sailed them in the twentieth century. This complex and multifaceted tale begins in iron and coal mines, with the movement of the raw ingredients of industrial America across docks into ever larger ships using increasingly complicated tools and technology. The shipping industry was an expensive challenge, as it required huge investments of capital, caused bitter labor disputes, and needed direct government intervention to literally remake the lakes to accommodate the ships. It also demanded one of the most integrated international systems of regulation and navigation in the world to sail a ship from Duluth to upstate New York. Sailing into History describes the fascinating history of a century of achievements and setbacks, unimagined change mixed with surprising stability.
Publication Date: January 1st, 2017
234 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Frank Boles has served as the director of Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library since 1991. He has also worked as an archivist at the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library and at the Chicago Historical Museum