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 20th 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.
“This volume is a good read for those who know about Great Lakes shipping, and an easily accessible work for those who don't.” (Roger Lelievre, editor/publisher at Know Your Ships)
"This book makes a substantial contribution to the field of Great Lakes maritime history." (Scott M. Peters, curator of collections, Michigan Historical Museum)