Queen of the Lakes

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Wayne State University Press, 1994 - Transportation - 220 pages
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This book is an account of 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 Thompson presents a vignette of each of the dozens of ships that has held the title, chronicling the dates the ship sailed, 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.
  

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Contents

Introduction
13
An Iron Queen
31
A Railroad Steamer
39
The Union Twins
43
A Worlds Fair Whale
47
The Ore Boat Dynasty Begins
52
The First 400Footers
58
Captain Wilsons Christmas Boat
63
Shenango Retains the Crown
121
Canadian Royalty
126
A Canadian Successor
131
Rogers Citys Big SelfUnloader
134
Inlands Beautiful Queen
144
A Saltwater Successor
151
Victory
157
Columbias IllFated Queen
163

Queens for Hanna and Rockefeller
67
Two Bessemer Queens
72
A Superior Freighter
75
Bessemer Reclaims the Crown
78
Quad Queens
84
The Magnificent Yellow Kid
89
Four Giant TinStackers
95
The Standard 600Footers
101
A Queen Named Edward
105
The Weston Triplets
113
The Regal Shenango
117
The 730s
169
Queen by Inches
178
One Era Ends Another Begins
182
The Footers
187
SternEnder Queens
195
Interlakes Fancy DeLancey
201
Epilogue
206
Bibliography
208
Index
213
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About the author (1994)

Mark L. Thompson is a freelance writer and merchant seaman living in Traverse City, Michigan. His lifelong love affair with the Great Lakes shipping industry has included stints as a crew member aboard the big boats and as a maritime academy administrator. Thompson is the author of the popular Steamboats and Sailors of the Great Lakes.

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