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The Salvager: The Life of Captain Tom Reid on the Great Lakes [9781517902308]

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First published in 1958, The Salvager is both a narrative history of Great Lakes shipping disasters of 1880-1950 and the life story of Captain Thomas Reid, who operated one of the region's largest salvaging companies during that era. The treacherous shoals, unpredictable storms, and sub-zero temperatures of the Great Lakes have always posed special hazards to mariners-particularly before the advent of modern navigational technologies-and offered ample opportunity for an enterprising sailor to build a salvage business up from nothing. Designing much of his equipment himself and honing a keen eye for the risks and rewards of various catastrophes, Captain Reid rose from humble beginnings and developed salvaging into a science. Using the actual records of the Reid Wrecking and Towing Company as well as Reid's personal logs and letters, Mary Frances Doner deftly tells the stories not only of the maritime disasters and the wrecking adventures that followed, but also of those waiting back on shore for their loved ones to return.
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Mary Frances Doner (1893-1985) was the author of more than twenty-eight works of fiction and nonfiction, most of which were set on or around the Great Lakes.

Michael Schumacher has written twelve books, including, most recently, Torn in Two: The Sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell and One Man's Survival on the Open Sea (Minnesota, 2016). He lives in Wisconsin.

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9781517902308
ISBN13:
9781517902308
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Author:
Mary Frances Doner
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication:
04-Apr-2017
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
392
Weight:
800 Grams