Book Size: 10.5 X 10 in
Publisher: Running Light Press
Publish Place: Wauwautosa, WI
Publish Date: 2008
Published in June 2008 by Running Light Press, Centennial captures the essence of life aboard the 102-year-old Great Lakes steamboat St. Marys Challenger. This 240-page coffee table book contains over 300 images including both archival and contemporary material. To explain the images, Winters wrote a short and cheeky narrative on the significant historic and economic impact this unique vessel and other "lakeboats" like her have had during a century of trade on the Inland Seas. This book is the culmination of five years of boat chasing and living and its pages are filled with the author's passion for both the Great Lakes and her boats. Here are what others have said about his work:
"Few engine-driven cargo ships in history have merited the adjectives 'graceful' or 'beautiful,' which is why the end of the era of the 'lakers' that carried coal, ore, grain, cement and other cargoes on the Great Lakes from the end of the age of sail to the time of today's shapeless bulk carriers and barges is so sad. The stirring sight of a passing laker, heavily laden and low in the water with its scant freeboard exaggerating its long profile, flaunting its elegant counter stern and proud bow, is endangered and will soon be extinct. All the more fortunate then that we have Chris Winters' Centennial as an enduring record, in carefully researched words and splendid images, of the longest-living steam-powered laker of them all. Winters describes himself as boatnerd and camera geek, but you need be neither to appreciate this remarkable tribute to a ancient survivor that still qualifies as graceful and beautiful."