This second edition of the outstanding photo-essay of Lake Boats has been revised and expanded with another 30 fantastic images in full colour. The author, a retired firefighter is a freelance photographer of note – Most Highly Recommended
NAME: Second Edition, Lake Boats, The Enduring Vessels of the Great Lakes FILE: R2907 AUTHOR: Greg McDonnell PUBLISHER: The Boston Mills Press BINDING: soft back PAGES: 192 PRICE: £19.95 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Cargo ships, merchant ships, bulk cargo, Great Lakes, North America, steamers, inland waterways, canals
IMAGE: B2907.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/yxj58vga LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This second edition of the outstanding photo-essay of Lake Boats has been revised and expanded with another 30 fantastic images in full colour. The author, a retired firefighter is a freelance photographer of note – Most Highly Recommended This is one of those books that is a challenge to categorize for the reviewer. The first impression is that it is an outstanding photo essay of an unusual set of subjects. It certainly is lavishly photographed. The images are stunning and reproduced in a large format that really makes the most of them. However, the book is more than the photographs. There is well researched text that complements the images. It provides a wealth of facts and lore about the captains, crews and unique Lake Boats. It also manages to capture the backgrounds of the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes are also a challenge for categorization. They are an inland waterway, or collection of waterways, that connect via a ship canal with the Atlantic and the World, but they are also collectively a huge body of water of oceanic proportions without any equal. Their uniqueness is matched by the unique Lake Boats and they are celebrated in this magnificent visualization. The Lake Boats are a family of designs from 100 year old cement boat St Mary's Challenger, to venerable 'straight-deckers', self-unloaders and 1,000 footers. They are collected in prominent Great Lakes Fleets with a long history of plying North America's inland seas. The boats have been developed to fully exploit the environment in which they sail. From the engine room in the stern, along the great straight deck, to the pilot house almost perched on the bow these vessels look very different but completely at home in their environment, of a shared scale.