This sterling anthology is a treasure trove of Chicago's maritime history. While other aspects of the Windy City's past have been covered completely by historians--often repeatedly--the unrecognized fact that Chicago owes its very existence, and much of its fame, to ships and sailors emerges as the clear theme of this exceptional collection. These 33 eclectic, wide-ranging, and tightly edited accounts constitute a surprising wealth of writing on an exciting topic that has been largely overlooked or forgotten. This book is a welcomed Great Lakes gem! --Cris Kohl, Great Lakes historian and author
From Lumber Hookers to the Hooligan Fleet
mines a rich vein of Chicago history. It's the story of how a muddy canoe portage used by French fur traders was transformed into a bustling seaport on the prairie, and it happened a thousand miles from the nearest ocean. For Lake Michigan boaters, this treasury of Chicago's Maritime History is a poignant, personal reminder that those who sailed before us on our sweetwater ocean were not recreational boaters; they were part of a heritage that helped turn Chicago into the nation's busiest transportation hub. And it all began on the water. For those who love maritime history, as well as Chicago history, this is a must read. --Steve Sanders, News Anchor, WGN-TV
About the Author
The Chicago Maritime Society
, established in 1982 by a group of historians, educators, and civic-minded individuals, is committed to creating a world-class maritime museum for Chicago. CMS seeks to increase public awareness of Chicago's uniquely important maritime past through public exhibits and programs. The organization's rich variety of educational presentations include seminars for historians and educators, lectures for the general public, publications, and exhibits of maritime artifacts and images at various locations throughout the Chicago area. Society membership is open to anyone, and particularly those with an interest in the history and continuing maritime concerns of Chicago, the Great Lakes, and the region's inland waterways.
To date, the Chicago Maritime Society has amassed a very large collection of vessels, maritime artifacts, manuscripts, movies, and photographs pertinent to its mission. They are currently reviewing and planning a suitable location and configuration for a museum.