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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Unknown (15 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1459710460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1459710467
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 1.7 x 28.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,131,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Porthole into our passenger ship past

Porthole into our passenger ship past - 20130622

The book is a fitting and highly recommended addition to the Great White Fleet that once graced North America s inland waterways. - Powerships Magazine"

"The measure of a good book is often the degree to which it informs and entertains. "Great White Fleet?" ?well written and magnificently illustrated? ?does both exceedingly well for this fascinating subject. Bravo Zulu, Mr. Henry! - Maritime Engineering Journal"

About the Author

John Henry has been a journalist in New York for more than four decades. He covered business for the Associated Press, "Newsday" and the "New York Daily News "and has written numerous articles as a freelance for publications in Canada and the United States. He has also been published in the quarterly journals of the Steamship Historical Society of America and the Great Lakes Historical Society. He lives in New York City.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x895477e0) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x899070c0) out of 5 stars Colorful and compelling 6 May 2013
By Bill Kirtz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a handsome and fascinating tour of the steamers that rivaled their trans-Atlantic counterparts for beauty and luxury. The author's expertise gave this landlubber the flavor of Great Lakes cruising in the '30's, 40's and 50's. Wonderful illustrations, maps and promotional material let the reader wallow in the past. Highly recommended.
HASH(0x89907114) out of 5 stars Handsome, highly recommended book 19 Mar. 2014
By Stephen M. Kopfinger - Published on Amazon.com
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While ocean-going liners have long been my "thing," I have developed a recent interested in the excursion and "night boats" which once plied North America's inland seas (the Great Lakes) and rivers. This book brings to life a chapter in maritime travel that is probably not well-known to most Americans: Canada's beautiful and reliable "Great White Fleet" of passengers steamers that cruised lakes, rivers and, in the case of one company, river rapids! (Talk about hearty travelers!) Vessel and company histories are well-researched, but, I have to admit, the illustrations are why I buy books such as these and "Great White Fleet" does not disappoint! Tons of exterior shots, and, even better, many interior shots which illustrate woodwork, salons, grand staircases and cabins that would be at home on any transatlantic liner. There are some deck plans as well. Noteworthy is a section on the SS Naronic, a Great Lakes steamer which burned at her pier during an overnight stop in Toronto in 1949. Almost 100 perished. On a happier note, it's nice to know that, once upon a time, you could still travel on the water in style even if you couldn't afford to cross the big pond. Would that somebody revive that idea!
HASH(0x89ddde70) out of 5 stars Great White Fleet - A book whose time has come. 29 Dec. 2013
By Thomas E. Beran - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
John Henry has filled a gap that has existed for far too long in the history of the passenger service of the Canada Steamship Lines. The 1991, corporate history of the Canada Steamship Lines is covered by Edgar Collard in, Passage to the Sea. Collard provides a narrative history of the Great White Fleet, but from a corporate view. Jay Bascom and Skip Gillham in their 2010 volume, The Early Ships of Canada Steamship Lines, along with Skip Gillham's 2007 updated, Post War Ships of Canada Steamship Lines, provides the reader with a short history of each ship. Here is where John Henry has filled in the gaps left by these previous fine publications. He has written a history of service and ships along with the social history that binds the other two together into a readable and enjoyable format. The author takes us back to a time when traveling was a form of enjoyment by itself, and not a cramped lack-luster socially ungracious experience in a tube. Bravo John Henry, you have given those of us who were born too late a chance to understand the joy of the journey.
HASH(0x8990739c) out of 5 stars Great Lakes elegance from the first fifty years of the 20th century 12 Jan. 2014
By John E. Drury - Published on Amazon.com
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Part of my earliest recollections were the freight carriers of the Canada Steamship Lines ("CSL") who still occasionally ply the locks of the Welland Canal at its southern end at Port Colborne. John Henry's informative book carefully details CSL's passenger ships in Lakes Ontario, Huron and Superior. His well written text reveals an earlier time and place which far predates me, but adds to my continuing fascination with the Great Lakes, its beauty and its role and history for Canada and the United States. The book's photographs are superb; one shows, I believe, the bridges at Port Colborne with a passenger ship heading into Lake Erie. These beautiful stately ships are all gone now, an age of elegance has passed and how sad it is. But, thankfully, John Henry's book has brought them back for the modern reader.

I read this book on an iPad and on a Kindle Paperwhite. The iPad allows the vibrant colors in the brochures to be seen. The Kindle does not.
HASH(0x899071d4) out of 5 stars Great White Fleet - Great Lakes passenger ships of Canada. 8 Dec. 2013
By M. V. Ralph - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Books on the Great Lakes passenger ships are few and far between. This new book devoted entirely to the Canada Steamship Lines vessels. The Great White Fleet is full of information on these beautiful ships that sailed the lakes during the 20th century. Sadly, now are all gone... Also included are the black ships of the line - NORONIC, HURONIC and HAMONIC. Great black & white photos and vintage color advertising. Well written and this new book fills a rather large hole in the histories of Great Lakes passenger shipping of yore! I highly recommend Mr. Henry's worthy addition!
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