Fleet Histories Series Volume Three
A Historical Narrative and Photographic Depiction of Former and Present Great Lakes Fleets
Author: John Greenwood
Publisher/Date: Ohio: Freshwater Press (c. 1995) First edition. NAP
Format/Condition: New navy cloth hardcover book with gilt lettering with dust jacket in Fine condition. 158 pages, index; 8.75 x 11.25 inches. Profusely illustrated in black-and-white.
Description: In this third volume of the series the Reiss, Peavey, Gartland, Farrar, Western, Bassett and Foote fleets are detailed. Early beginnings, fleet composition through the years, accident details, interesting incidents in the vessel's career, photographs of each vessel, and known rationale for the eventual cessation of operations are provided. Additionally, each vessel is cross-indexed and vital statistics are provided.
In the general prosperity of this continent, cheap transportation on the lakes has been a factor prime importance. It is, in fact, responsible for the supremacy of the United States and Canada as iron making countries. Were the waters of the lakes dried-up, no railroad, or systems of railroads, nor any land based system of transportation, could hope to handle this traffic. The great iron and steel plants of Ohio, Pennsylvania, the central west, Ontario and Quebec would close and thousands of allied industries would be abandoned. Were it not for these Great Lakes, there would be no possible means of assembling the ore, coal and limestone. Consequently, the economies of both nations, and possibly the world, would have an altogether different course.