On the Waters of the USA: Ships and Boats in American Life

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Oxford University Press, USA, Apr 8, 2004 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 64 pages
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Canoes, clippers, schooners, sloops, whalers, flatboats, steamboats, hydrofoils, submersibles -- the story of American transport by water has been one of constant adventure and advancement. On the Waters of America traces the remarkable history of America's romance with water transport, from Native American birch bark canoes to precarious crossings of the Atlantic to the astonishing boom in ship-building to present-day innovations. The countless rivers, bays, lakes, deep harbors, (and eventually canals) and two vast oceans necessitated the development of ships and boats as lifelines for commerce and travel, but it was the desire for mobility that made Americans eager to embrace each new means of transport. Illustrated with numerous photographs, maps, sidebars, and a technology timeline, On the Waters of America is a fascinating recounting of America's seafaring tradition.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 On the Inland Waters
6
CHAPTER 2 Steam Powers the Nation
17
CHAPTER 3 Crossing the Atlantic
28
CHAPTER 4 Passage to America
41
CHAPTER 5 The Modern Superships
49
Timeline
59
Places to Visit
60
Further Reading
61
Index
62
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Martin W. Sandler is the author of more than 40 books. His Story of American Photography: An Illustrated History for Young People received the Horn Book Award in 1984. Sandler's other books include America, A Celebration!, Photography: An Illustrated History, The Vaqueros: The World's First Cowmen, and the Library of Congress American history series for young adults. An accomplished television producer and writer as well, Sandler has received Emmy and Golden Cine awards for his television series and programs on history, photography, and American business. He has taught American studies to students in junior high and high school, as well as at the University of Massachusetts and Smith College. He lives in Cotuit, Massachusetts, with his wife, Carol.

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