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Book Sails Through Great Lakes Maritime History


A large steamship, the City of Racine, sails toward Milwaukee Harbor, loaded with passengers, circa 1898.
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The Wisconsin Historical Society Press invites young readers on a rip-roaring journey through the maritime history of the Midwest's "inland seas" in a new book, 'Great Ships on the Great Lakes: A Maritime History.' The authors are Catherine M. Green and Jefferson J. Gray of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Michigan and Bobbie Malone, the retired director of the Wisconsin Historical Society's Office of School Services. From birch-bark paddlers and European voyageurs to settlers, sailors and lighthouse keepers, this book tells the stories of those whose livelihoods depended on the often-dangerous waters of the Great Lakes.

Underwater Adventures for Young Readers

The cover of "Great Ships on the Great Lakes: A Maritime History"
Young readers explore the history of ships and the people who navigated them. They learn how the shift from sail to steam forever changed the history of shipping, as schooners made way for steamships and bulk freighters, and sailing became more of a recreation than a hazardous way of life. And, readers tag along with underwater archaeologists, including some from the Wisconsin Historical Society, as they dive into the mysteries of Great Lakes shipwrecks.

The book's publication was made possible in part through a partnership with the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. "Great Ships on the Great Lakes" is designed for the upper elementary classroom with emphasis on Michigan and Wisconsin lakes. The book includes a timeline of events, on-page vocabulary, and a list of resources and places to visit. A teacher's guide is also available.

About the Authors

Catherine M. Green is an underwater archaeologist specializing in outreach and education programs with Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Jefferson J. Gray has served as the superintendent of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan, since 2002. Bobbie Malone, the retired director of the Office of School Services at the Wisconsin Historical Society, co-created the Badger Biographies series and has written and edited many books for classrooms, including the fourth-grade textbook 'Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story' and 'The Flavor of Wisconsin for Kids.'

:: Posted October 24, 2013

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