Binding: Trade Paperback
Book Size: 8vo - over 7 3/4" - 9 3/4" tall
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publish Place: Ann Arbor, MI
Publish Date: 2007
Brings the maritime history of the Great Lakes to life, using the tragic story of the schooner Rouse Simmons as a window into the robust but oft-forgotten communities that thrived along Lake Michigan from the Civil War to World War I.
Memorialized in songs, poems, fiction, and even a musical, the famous ship that went down in a Thanksgiving storm while delivering trees to Chicago has been long shrouded in myth and legend. As a result, the larger story of the captain, crew, and affected communities has often been overlooked. Fred Neuschel delves into this everyday life of camaraderie, drudgery, ambition, and adventure - with tales of the Midwest's burgeoning immigrant groups and rapid industrialization - to reconstruct a story that is even more fascinating than the celebrated legends.