Ships and Memories: Merchant Seafarers in Canada's Age of Steam

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UBC Press, Nov 1, 2011 - History - 182 pages
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Canada is a great maritime nation. Although ships and the sea have been part of its history for centuries, very little is known about the men and women who have worked in its coastal and lake fleets. Ships and Memories is a fascinating account of life at sea during the age of steam. In it, seafarers tell ther own stories and remember the good times as well as the bad, in peace and war and during the depression.

Eric Sager draws on interviews with master mariners, engineers, able seamen, cooks, stewards, and many others who worked aboard steamships from 1920 to 1950.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
1 Yarns
15
2 Going to Sea
29
3 Work
41
4 Officers and Masters
71
5 Class
85
6 Family
97
7 Masculinity
106
9 War
126
10 Union
139
11 Canada
150
Notes
157
Glossary
167
Sources and Collaborators
171
Suggestions for Further Reading
173
Index
177

8 Hazards
118

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About the author (2011)

Eric W. Sager is a professor of history at the University of Victoria. He is the author of Seafaring Labour: The Merchant Marine of Atlantic Canada and co-author of Maritime Capital: The Shipping Industry in Atlantic Canada, 1820-1914.

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