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The Journals of Great Lakes Folklorist Ivan H. Walton

Edited by Joe Grimm

The field notes of a pioneering folklorist who collected the songs, stories, and cultural history of Great Lakes sailors in the 1930s.

Paperback
Available February 2018
ISBN: 9780814344613
eBOOK
Available February 2018
ISBN: 9780814344606

Steamboats and Sailors of the Great Lakes

Mark L. Thompson

Steamboats and Sailors of the Great Lakes traces the evolution of the Great Lakes shipping industry over the last three centuries.

Paperback
Available December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343340
eBOOK
Available December 2017
ISBN: 9780814338353

Queen of the Lakes

Mark L. Thompson

Queen of the Lakes, perfect for coffee tables, lakefront cabins, and boat lovers' bookshelves, tells the story of each of the ships that has been honored with the title "Queen of the Great Lakes."

Paperback
Available December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343364
eBOOK
Available December 2017
ISBN: 9780814343371
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A Pocketful of Passage

Loraine Campbell

A fictionalized account of the life of a lighthouse keeper’s daughter and her family on the Great Lakes in the 1940s, written for young readers ages 8 and up.

Paperback
Published: February 2007
ISBN: 9780814333419
eBOOK
Published: February 2007
ISBN: 9780814335550
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Eight Steamboats

Sailing Through the Sixties

Patrick Livingston
Foreword by Neal Shine

Recounting his sailing and land roving expeditions during the tumultuous 1960s, Patrick Livingston presents a series of tales centered on ships of the Great Lakes and the men who sail them.

Paperback
Published: August 2004
ISBN: 9780814331750

Graveyard of the Lakes

Mark L. Thompson

A historically accurate, well-rounded picture of shipwrecks on the Great Lakes.

Paperback
Published: April 2004
ISBN: 9780814332269
eBOOK
Published: April 2004
ISBN: 9780814339411

Beyond the Windswept Dunes

The Story of Maritime Muskegon

Elizabeth B. Sherman

The first book to document the maritime history of the port city Muskegon combining historical detail and good storytelling.

Paperback
Published: June 2003
ISBN: 9780814331279
eBOOK
Published: June 2003
ISBN: 9780814340011

Schooner Passage

Sailing Ships and the Lake Michigan Frontier

Theodore J. Karamanski

Schooner Passage is a history of some of the magnificent sailing vessels and their role in maritime trade along Lake Michigan.

Hardback
Published: January 2001
ISBN: 9780814329115

Tin Stackers

The History of the Pittsburgh Steamship Company

Al Miller

Tin Stackers tells its story of the role of the U.S. Steel Corporation’s largest commercial fleet.

Hardback
Published: July 1999
ISBN: 9780814328323
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A Sailor's Logbook

A Season Aboard Great Lakes Freighters

Mark L. Thompson

A firsthand account of life aboard the ships of the Great Lakes.

Paperback
Published: June 1999
ISBN: 9780814328446
eBOOK
Published: June 1999
ISBN: 9780814340905

The Northern Lights

Lighthouse of the Upper Great Lakes

Charles K. Hyde
Color Photographs by Ann and John Mahan

The Northern Lights captures the beauty, history, and significance of lighthouses on the Great Lakes, and illuminates the rich maritime history of the region.

Hardback
Published: May 1995
ISBN: 9780814325544

Iron Fleet

The Great Lakes in World War II

George J. Joachim

Iron Fleet focuses on the vital role played by the Great Lakes shipping industry during World War II.

Paperback
Published: April 1994
ISBN: 9780814324806
Hardback
Published: April 1994
ISBN: 9780814324790

Life on the Great Lakes

A Wheelsman’s Story

Fred W. Dutton
Edited by William Donohue Ellis

Fred Dutton’s fascinating account captures the flavor of working on Great Lakes ships in the early twentieth century.

Paperback
Published: February 1991
ISBN: 9780814322611

Freshwater Fury

Yarns and Reminiscences of the Greatest Storm in Inland Navigation

by Frank Barcus
Foreword by Rachelle Barcus Warren

Freshwater Fury is the first comprehensive history of the Great Storm.

Paperback
Published: October 1986
ISBN: 9780814318287