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Chicago Maritime
By David M. Young

Chicago Maritime

An Illustrated History

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Chicago Maritime by David M. Young

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This lavishly illustrated history of Chicago as freight handler to the nation chronicles the vital role of waterborne trade and transportation in building a metropolis on the swampland that the Illiniwek once called "Checagou." Louis Jolliet, the first European explorer to the area, recognized that a waterway between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River could link the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, making "Checagou" the fulcrum of east-west and north-south transportation for the continent. Upon completion of the I&M Canal in 1848, Chicago quickly became one of the busiest ports in the world, attracting thousands of schooners, barks, sloops, and paddle-wheel steamships. More than 100 illustrations and maps along with tales of majestic sailing ships, piracy, terrible storms, and tragic shipwrecks portray the eventful history of Chicago's waterways. Young describes the reversal of the Chicago River, which helped to clean the city and flood it with new life. Chicago flourished as a port of entry to the West and transportation hub, despite the disastrous Great Fire of 1871 that destroyed much of the city, including the docks and ships moored along the Chicago River. Marine disasters took their toll, too, as when the Eastland capsized in 1915, drowning nearly 900 passengers. Through narratives by two famous travelers of Chicago's waterways, Charles Dickens and Abraham Lincoln, Young reveals the hardships and small comforts of lake and river travel in its heyday. He also tells of Chicago's marine traditions, such as the eagerly anticipated arrival of ships bearing Christmas trees that drew holiday crowds to the docks each year. Today, giant car ferries and enormous ore carriers larger than battleships ply the lakes alongside luxury yachts, while the rivers that feed Chicago and allow Chicago to feed the world are still lively with traffic. Chicago's geographic advantages, which allowed it to eclipse competitors in the age of sail and steam, assure that it will remain a vital center for American transportation and commerce in the twenty-first century."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780875802824
ISBN-10: 0875802826
Format: Hardback
(230mm x 214mm x 21mm)
Pages: 250
Imprint: Northern Illinois University Press
Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
Publish Date: 27-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David M. Young

David M. Young, a former writer and transportation editor for the "Chicago Tribune," is the author of "Chicago Transit: An Illustrated History" and "Chicago Aviation: An Illustrated History."

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