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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (September 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813032350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813032351
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,565,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bass takes the reader on the paddle steamer's journey through Florida's waterways and history. When Steamboats Reigned in Florida is a welcome addition to Florida's chronicle of a once flourishing industry when steamboats were king." - William Lloyd Harris, Polk County Historical Commission"

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Take a ride along Florida’s earliest mass transportation system
 
"Bass takes the reader on the paddle steamer's journey through Florida's waterways and history. When Steamboats Reigned in Florida is a welcome addition to Florida's chronicle of a once flourishing industry when steamboats were king."--William Lloyd Harris, Polk County Historical Commission
 
In the popular imagination, steamboats trigger romanticized images of the Mississippi River as portrayed in Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, or the musical Show Boat. But in fact they played a key role in settling many parts of the country, including the South.
 
Long before the arrival of railroads, steamboats opened up the interior of Florida to tourists and to trade. As early as 1829, steamboats began to ply Florida’s rivers and lakes, traveling upstream with relative ease. These were colorful, raucous, outrageous, sometimes dangerous vehicles that brought a steady stream of goods and supplies as well as people.
 
In 1870, Robert E. Lee, perhaps the most famous southerner at the time, toured Florida by steamboat. Ten years later his erstwhile enemy, Ulysses S. Grant, followed his footsteps. As more and more visitors flowed into Florida’s interior from bustling port cities such as Jacksonville, agricultural towns such as Palatka became tourist destinations. Harriet Beecher Stowe was known to wave to passing boats from the front porch of her winter home along the St. Johns River.
 
In When Steamboats Reigned in Florida, Bob Bassexplores the impact of these vessels along with the stories of those who ran or established the steamboat routes along most of the major rivers in Florida--the Kissimmee, St. Johns, Ocklawaha, Suwannee, Apalachicola, and Caloosahatchee--as well as Lake Okeechobee and Ft. Myers. Through past historical accounts and his own family’s personal experiences, Bass sheds new light on Florida's steamboat saga.
 
Publication of this volume is made possible through the generous support of The Steamship Historical Society of America

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Book lacked color in more ways than one. Color photography didn't exist in steamboat days, but surely there exist hand-tinted magic lantern slides and stereoscopic views. Were there no lithographs of FL steamers? The text was little more than a list of boat, company, and captains' names. The picture quality was poor, too. Almost impossible to make out any ddetails of the boats or people. This is a book that cries out for maps, but not one is included. Who built the boats? How does a steam engine work? There must have been a million stories of passengers, crew, and folks who lived along the rivers that could have been mined to give a human aspect and increase interest. Were there no riverboat gamblers in FL? There must have been some romances, even weddings on the boats. This book could have been much more informative and entertaining.
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Was a very good book and me gave more research areas on the Florida rivers of the late 1800's FHG
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ellen J. Rhadigan on March 13, 2009
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Excellent book in exceptional condition. Very good reading and informative for us Florida Steamboat buffs.
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