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A Sailor's Logbook

A Season Aboard Great Lakes Freighters

Mark L. Thompson

Award Winner

Great Lakes, Maritime Studies, Memoir

Great Lakes Books Series

Published: June 1999
ISBN: 9780814328446
Pages: 352 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 60 black and white images
Published: June 1999
ISBN: 9780814340905

In this firsthand account of life aboard the ships of the Great Lakes, Mark Thompson weaves together the threads of a story that relives a centuries-old tradition. Thompson began his logbook after he reported for duty aboard the Calcite II at Fraser Shipyard in Superior, Wisconsin, for the 1996 shipping season. A Sailor's Logbook is the first such book to chronicle a sailor's life at the end of the twentieth century. Not just a detailing of weather, cargo, and crew relations, A Sailor's Logbook is also an account of the daily lives of a diverse group of crewmembers as they share their sailing knowledge, "sea stories," and the many memories that accompany the pictures. Although there are ample resources in museums, archival collections, and company files regarding statistical logbook information, A Sailor's Logbook details the intricacies of daily life on a Great Lakes freighter. Thompson navigates the reader through the waters of the Great Lakes and his own life in this very special narrative.

Mark Thompson spends most of the year working as an officer aboard the ships of the USS Great Lakes Fleet, Inc.

  • 2000 Michigan Notable Book Award - Result: Read Michigan Selection