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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (July 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738549649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738549644
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,285,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donald A. Wilson grew up in Maine and is a fourth generation Maine business owner. A land surveyor, master guide, and historian, Wilson is widely published. This is his fifth title with Arcadia Publishing.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ralph White on January 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
Maine's Steamboating Past is part of the Images of America series, and it is an absolute gem. It is a pictoral history, with articulate, well-researched commentary by author Donald A. Wilson. Anyone with the remotest connection to the magical lakes of Maine will become awestruck by these haunting images. The heyday of steamboating on the Maine lakes was the early 1900s, and they had disappeared by the mid-1900's, so there are increasingly few living people who recall those old steamers. Yes, there are a few early stemers remaining, such as the Katahdin, at Moosehead Lake, but they are tourist attractions, not the public transport they once were. The book is organized into six sections covering the Belgrade Lakes, Moosehead Lake, the Rangeley Lakes, the Sebago and Long Lakes region, smaller lakes, and the Penobscot River. But the book is about the boats, and to some extent, their captains. The destinations themselves take a back seat; don't look for familiar vistas in the backgrounds. In addition to mostly very clear black and white photographs, Wilson also illustrates steamer tickets, advertising flyers, as well as schedules and rates.

In addition to their use as passenger ferries, steamboats were used as mail carriers, freighters, icebreakers, log carriers, and tug boats. The photos show all of the shapes and sizes, from the small, sleek, and graceful steam launches not much bigger than a canoe, to the 500 passenger Katahdin, launched on Moosehead in 1914. It is incredible that Wilson managed to find out so much about the people and places and the boats that connected them so long ago. You cannot help to be amazed by his scholarship. And when you catch yourself daydreaming about those days and those boats, you will have Maine's Steamboating Past to thank for the clarity of the vision.
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More About the Author

Donald A. Wilson, LLS, PLS, RPF
Don is President of Land and Boundary Consultants, Inc., based in southeastern New Hampshire, and has been in practice as a land boundary consultant since 1974 and has been surveying since 1962. Don is both a licensed land surveyor and professional forester. He has presented seminars on a variety of topics including description interpretation, boundary evidence, surveying law, and various aspects of forensic science.

Don is a member of, and has been active in, many surveying, mapping, and forestry organizations. He is past president of both the Maine Society of Land Surveyors and the New Hampshire Land Surveyors Association.

In addition to over 200 technical publications in several disciplines, Don has been involved with writing more than 50 books. The 6th editions of Evidence & Procedures for Boundary Location and its companion title, Boundary Control and Legal Principles, both of which he is a co-author, are the leading surveying textbooks. Two of his more recent publications, Interpreting Land Records and Forensic Procedures for Boundary & Title Investigation, are proving to be a favorite among attorneys, title examiners and surveyors. He has written two other boundary-related texts as well as researched and compiled the subject matter for seven state boundary and surveying law books.

Don is a former faculty member of the University of Maine where he taught surveying in the School of Forestry and the Department of Civil Engineering. He is also a former faculty member at the University of New Hampshire where he continues to teach courses for the UNH Professional Development & Training Program. He is a member of the Professional Surveyor/Red Vector "Dream Team" providing on-line education for surveyors and related professionals. Presently this cooperative is offering twelve separate courses authored by Don with more currently being developed.

In addition to the writing and lecturing about surveying, Don is the fourth generation of a family that owned and operated the sporting camps, Wilson's on Moosehead Lake, for over 109 years. He is a registered Maine Guide, avid fly fisherman and has maintained an interest in the sporting and resort history of Maine.

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