A history of inland and coastal water transportation in North America. Examines Indian birchbark canoes, rafts, keelboats, barges, steamboats, bullboats, sternwheelers, and oarboats; and describes boat building, piracy, and navigation problems as well as the colorful language, legends, and songs of the boatmen.
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The Great Birch Invention
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