Beyond the Windswept Dunes: The Story of Maritime Michigan by Elizabeth B. Sherman

By Elizabeth B. Sherman

past the Windswept Dunes takes the reader right into a international of maritime experience because it used to be skilled via the sailors, passengers, rescue staff, delivery magnates, industrialists, and plenty of people whose livelihoods revolved round Michigan’s port urban of Muskegon. At one time the forefront of westward growth, Muskegon used to be a spot the place lumbering and lakers merged and the place rails met decks, a spot located halfway alongside the coast of an exceptional and infrequently stormy inland sea. the following Elizabeth Sherman bargains either a transport background and a portrait of the town. The occasions lined diversity from the stopover at via the British sloop H.M.S. Felicity in 1779 via Muskegon’s increase years as "Lumber Queen of the World," from the city’s revitalization with the outlet of the St. Lawrence Seaway to its contemporary institution of a floating museum advanced for ancient naval vessels.

The book’s concentration is at the ships themselves—such because the Lyman M. Davis, Salvor, road sixteen, and Milwaukee Clipper—vessels that have been noteworthy for being the 1st in their style or for his or her attractiveness, strange and specified careers, or tragic losses. a couple of ships have been misplaced in Lake Michigan close to Muskegon Harbor, and the tales of a few of the main impressive wrecks and rescue missions seem during this ebook, together with the psychic intervention that led the William Nelson to the fascinating rescue of the group aboard the sinking Our Son. The e-book deals many first-hand statements of shipwreck survivors and different witnesses, lending an genuine voice to the accounts.

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