Ghost ships of the Great Lakes

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Dodd, Mead, 1968 - Shipwrecks - 294 pages
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I've read a number of Great Lakes shipwreck books, and "Ghost Ships of the Great Lakes," by Dwight Boyer is definitely my favorite. He does a fine job of telling the story of each ship clearly and as accurately as possible. He never loses the reader in a maelstrom of technical terms, and he never gets overly editorial or overly preach-y about his own opinions about whose fault the shipwrecks were. He manages to take each chapter and work it into a narrative which is both historically feasible and dramatically compelling at the same time. One can feel the heartbreak at the end of the Benjamin Noble's voyage, or the spine-tingling mystery surrounding the Marquette & Bessemer No. 2, or the piquancy of the Andaste captain's new hat.
Also, I wish to mention that the book is well edited. There seems to be a tendency among Great Lakes history publishers to put out sloppily-edited books that abound with misspellings, horrendous punctuation, careless type-size changes for no reason, all to the point where they become distracting to the reader, and should be embarrasssing to the publisher. That is not the case here; Freshwater Press can be proud of an immaculately-edited book.

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Ghost Ships of the Great Lakes was an interesting book. Boyer explains in his foreword that this book is about ships that have been lost in the Great Lakes, but the reason for their foundering was not ... Read full review


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