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Steamboat Disasters of the Lower Missouri River (Paperback)

Steamboat Disasters of the Lower Missouri River By Vicki Berger Erwin, James Erwin Cover Image
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During the nineteenth century, more than three hundred boats met their end in the steamboat graveyard that was the Lower Missouri River, from Omaha to its mouth. Although derided as little more than an orderly pile of kindling, steamboats were, in fact, technological marvels superbly adapted to the river's conditions. Their light superstructure and long, wide, flat hulls powered by high-pressure engines drew so little water that they could cruise on a heavy dew even when fully loaded. But these same characteristics made them susceptible to fires, explosions and snags--tree trunks ripped from the banks, hiding under the water's surface. Authors Vicki and James Erwin detail the perils that steamboats, their passengers and crews faced on every voyage.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781467143257
ISBN-10: 1467143251
Publisher: History Press
Publication Date: February 24th, 2020
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: Disaster