Stories from the Wreckage: A Great Lakes Maritime History Inspired by Shipwrecks

Stories from the Wreckage: A Great Lakes Maritime History Inspired by Shipwrecks

by John Odin Jensen


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Every shipwreck has a story that extends far beyond its tragic end. The dramatic tales of disaster, heroism, and folly become even more compelling when viewed as junction points in history—connecting to stories about the frontier, the environment, immigration, politics, technology, and industry. In Stories from the Wreckage, John Odin Jensen examines a selection of Great Lakes shipwrecks of the wooden age for a deeper dive into this transformative chapter of maritime history. He mines the archeological evidence and historic record to show how their tragic ends fit in with the larger narrative of Midwestern history. Featuring the underwater photography of maritime archeologist Tamara Thomsen, this vibrant volume is a must-have for shipping enthusiasts as well as anyone interested in the power of water to shape history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870209024
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
Publication date: 05/01/2019
Edition description: 1
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 429,116
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Professional historian and maritime archaeologist John Jensen has participated in the investigations of more than fifty marine archaeological sites around Wisconsin and has written extensively on the Midwest's maritime history and archaeology. 

Table of Contents

Introduction Shipwrecks and Great Lakes History 1

Chapter 1 The Great Lakes as an Atlantic Maritime Frontier 15

Chapter 2 Charles Reed and the Early Years of Great Lakes Steam 31

Chapter 3 Building the Palace Steamer Niagara 44

Chapter 4 Steaming the Lakes on Palace Steamer Niagara 60

Chapter 5 Death, Reflection, and Changes in Design 80

Chapter 6 The Lumberman: A Schooner of the Forest Frontier 96

Chapter 7 The Schooner Kate Kelly and Its Captain 130

Chapter 8 The Education of Captain James Davidson 153

Chapter 9 Survival of the Fittest 189

Chapter 10 Davidson's Goliaths 221

Epilogue The End of the Wooden Age 259

Acknowledgments 267

Bibliography 271

Notes 279

Index 289

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