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This book is an account of the ships that have borne the name "Queen of the Lakes," an honorary title indicating that, at the time of its launching, a ship is the longest on the Great Lakes. In one of the most comprehensive books ever written on the maritime history of the lakes, Mark L. Thompson presents a vignette of each of the dozens of ships that have held the title, chronicling the dates the ship sailed, its dimensions, the derivation of its name, its role in the economic development of the region, and its sailing history. Through the stories of the individual ships, Thompson also describes the growth of ship design on the Great Lakes and the changing nature of the shipping industry on the lakes. The launching of the first ship on Lake Ontario in 1678 - the diminutive Frontenac, a small, two-masted vessel of only about ten tons and no more than forty or forty-five feet long - set in motion an evolutionary process that has continued for more than three hundred years. That ship is the direct ancestor of all the ships that ever have operated on the Great Lakes, from the Str. Onoko, launched in 1882 and the first ship to bear the name Queen of the Lakes; to the Str. W. D. Rees, which held its title for only a few weeks, to today's Queen, the Tregurtha, the longest ship on the lakes since its launching in 1981.Although ships on the Great Lakes may be surpassed in size and efficiency by many of the modern ocean freighters, Thompson notes that the ships now sailing on the great freshwater seas of North America have achieved a level of operating mastery that is unrivaled anywhere else in the world, considering the inherent limitations of the Great Lakes system. The Tregurtha reigns as a model of unsurpassed maritime craftsmanship and as heir to a long and glorious tradition of excellence. Every magnificent ship that has borne the title in the past has contributed in some part to the greatness embodied in the Tregurtha. In time, her title as Queen of the Lakes will pass to another monumental freighter that will carry the art and science of shipbuilding and operation to even greater heights.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 9-12
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 1. An Iron Queen
  2. pp. 31-38
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  1. 2. A Railroad Steamer
  2. pp. 39-42
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  1. 3. The Union Twins
  2. pp. 43-46
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  1. 4. A World’s Fair Whale
  2. pp. 47-51
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  1. 5. The Ore Boat Dynasty Begins
  2. pp. 52-57
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  1. 6. The First 400-Footers
  2. pp. 58-62
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  1. 7. Captain Wilson’s Christmas Boat
  2. pp. 63-66
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  1. 8. Queens for Hanna and Rockefeller
  2. pp. 67-71
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  1. 9. Two Bessemer Queens
  2. pp. 72-74
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  1. 10. A Superior Freighter
  2. pp. 75-77
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  1. 11. Bessemer Reclaims the Crown
  2. pp. 78-83
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  1. 12. Quad Queens
  2. pp. 84-88
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  1. 13. The Magnificent Yellow Kid
  2. pp. 89-94
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  1. 14. Four Giant Tin-Stackers
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  1. 15. The Standard 600-Footers
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  1. 16. A Queen Named Edward
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  1. 17. The Weston Triplets
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  1. 18. The Regal Shenango
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  1. 19. Shenango Retains the Crown
  2. pp. 121-125
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  1. 20. Canadian Royalty
  2. pp. 126-130
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  1. 21. A Canadian Successor
  2. pp. 131-133
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  1. 22. Rogers City’s Big Self-Unloader
  2. pp. 134-143
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  1. 23. Inland’s Beautiful Queen
  2. pp. 144-150
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  1. 24. A Saltwater Successor
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  1. 25. Victory
  2. pp. 157-162
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  1. 26. Columbia’s Ill-Fated Queen
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  1. 27. The 730s
  2. pp. 169-177
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  1. 28. Queen by Inches
  2. pp. 178-181
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  1. 29. One Era Ends, Another Begins
  2. pp. 182-186
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  1. 30. The Footers
  2. pp. 187-194
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  1. 31. Stern-Ender Queens
  2. pp. 195-200
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  1. 32. Interlake’s Fancy DeLancey
  2. pp. 201-205
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 206-207
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 208-212
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 213-220
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814343371
MARC Record
OCLC
1056021956
Launched on MUSE
2018-10-08
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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