The Keelboat Age on Western Waters

By: Baldwin, Leland D.

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This book tells the story of river boating in the West before the invention of the steamboat. In a deft combination of thorough research and interesting narrative, Baldwin recreates life on the keelboats and flatboats that plied the Ohio, Mississippi, and other rivers from revolutionary days until about 1820. No one knows who put the first keel along the bottom of one big, clumsy river craft used by the pioneers. but the change made the boats far easier to manage, and travel in both directions became practical all the way to New Orleans.
Baldwin examines the many types of craft in use, the different methods of locomotion, and the art of navigation on uncharted rivers full of hidden obstacles. But he never loses sight of the picturesque aspects of his subject, especially the boatmen themselves-a tribe of rugged and fearless men whose colorful lives are described in great detail.
"The Keelboat Age" is a segment cut from the history of the frontier, showing the overwhelming importance of river transportation in the development of the West. The rivers were great arteries, carrying a restless people into a new land. The keelboatman and his craft did much to build a nation.

Title: The Keelboat Age on Western Waters

Author Name: Baldwin, Leland D.

Categories: Rivers & Inland Waters,

Publisher: Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A.: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1980: 1980

ISBN Number: 0822953196

ISBN Number 13: 9780822953197

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 001588

Description: Minor wear around the edges. Binding tight, pages unmarked.

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