9780814331279

Beyond the Windswept Dunes

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  • ISBN13:

    9780814331279

  • ISBN10:

    0814331270

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-06-01
  • Publisher: Wayne State Univ Pr
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Summary

The first book to document the maritime history of the port city Muskegon combining historical detail and good storytelling. Beyond the Windswept Dunes takes the reader into a world of maritime adventure as it was experienced by the sailors, passengers, rescue workers, shipping magnates, industrialists, and many other people whose livelihoods revolved around Michigan's port city of Muskegon. At one time the leading edge of westward expansion, Muskegon was a place where lumbering and lakers merged and where rails met decks, a place situated midway along the coast of a great and sometimes stormy inland sea. Here Elizabeth Sherman offers both a shipping history and a portrait of the city. The events covered range from the visit by the British sloop H.M.S. Felicity in 1779 through Muskegon's boom years as "Lumber Queen of the World, " and from the city's revitalization with the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway to its recent establishment of a floating museum complex for historic naval vessels. The books's focus is on the ships themselves--such as the Lyman M. Dav

Author Biography

Elizabeth B. Sherman is on the board of directors for the Great Lakes Maritime Institute, and is a member of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society and the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations
xi
Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xv
Hewn from the Wilderness: Muskegon's Earliest Days
1(6)
Trapper, Trader, Soldiers, Spy: The Visit by the HMS Felicity
4(3)
Lumber Days on Muskegon's Waterfront
7(46)
``Dreadful Endurance'': The Neptune and Other Early Shipwrecks of Muskegon
24(3)
A Tragic Homecoming: The Wreck of the Granada
27(1)
Safe in the Sand: The Trial and the Annie Nelson
28(1)
Semper Paratus: The Muskegon Lifesaving Crew and the Wreck of the R. B. King
29(3)
``So Terrible a Reality'': The Wrecks of the South Haven, the Helen, and the L. J. Conway
32(6)
Legend and Mystery: The Fate of the Rouse Simmons and the Thomas Hume
38(6)
``Frenchman, he don't lak to die'': The Wreck of the Waukesha
44(4)
The Charmed Life of the Lyman M. Davis
48(5)
Steamships and Car Ferries of Muskegon
53(60)
Sailing Blind: The Wreck of the Wabash Valley
69(1)
Lost to the Depths: The Wreck of the Alpena
70(4)
A Steamer for All Seasons: The Alabama
74(6)
Up Against the Big Guns: The Charles H. Hackley
80(3)
``Carelessness Becomes a Mortgage to Danger'': The Wreck of the Steam Barge Milwaukee
83(6)
Trials by Fire: The Naomi and the Nyack
89(2)
``They Will Probably Send Me to Hell'': The Wreck of the Muskegon
91(7)
Adrift in Changing Times: The Story of the Illinois and the Missouri
98(3)
The ``Queen of the Great Lakes'': The Milwaukee Clipper
101(3)
All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go: The Aquarama
104(2)
``A Monster of Its Kind'': Muskegon's First Car Ferry
106(2)
The Shenango Legacy: The Grand Trunk Car Ferries
108(5)
Maritime Muskegon in the Twentieth Century
113(38)
Bad Luck Comes in Threes: The Wreck of the Salvor
117(7)
Psychic Intervention: The Wreck of Our Son
124(2)
Breakwater Blues: The Wreck of the Henry W. Cort
126(6)
Tragedy Averted: The Near-Wreck of the Fred W. Green
132(1)
Coming Full Circle: The Highway 161LST 393
133(3)
Laid-Up Lakers: Steel Strikes of the 1950s
136(3)
Breakwater Blues Reprise: The Ordeal of the Makefjell
139(4)
Museum Ships: The USS Silversides and the USCGC McLane
143(3)
The Halcyon's Days in Muskegon: From Seaside to Scrapheap
146(5)
Muskegon Today: New Ships and Old
151(6)
Poem: The Good Captain
155(2)
Appendix A: Angus Linklater/The Granada 157(2)
Appendix B: Capt. J. D. Dunbar/The R. B. King 159(2)
Appendix C: Frank Dulach/The Waukesha 161(4)
Appendix D: Frank Dulach Reiterates 165(2)
Appendix E: Toronto Evening Telegram/The Lyman M. Davis 167(2)
Appendix F: Frank Blakefield/The Erie L. Hackley 169(2)
Appendix G: ``Doc'' Ray Cooke/The Alabama 171(4)
Appendix H: Guy E. Jones/The Naomi 175(2)
Appendix I: Capt. Edward Miller/The Muskegon 177(4)
Appendix J: Lyman Nedeau/The Salvor 181(4)
Notes 185(8)
Glossary 193(4)
Bibliography 197(10)
Index 207

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