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On a Single Stack Steamer: Plying Northwest Waters Christian Frederick Parker

On a Single Stack Steamer: Plying Northwest Waters

Christian Frederick Parker

Published April 1st 2012
ISBN : 9780981583853
Hardcover
230 pages
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This is the scrapbook story of two seagoing families coming to the Pacific Northwest in the Victorian era. They found their heyday during the golden era of the steamship. One family hails from old Norway, the other is American. Their common elementMoreThis is the scrapbook story of two seagoing families coming to the Pacific Northwest in the Victorian era. They found their heyday during the golden era of the steamship. One family hails from old Norway, the other is American. Their common element was the profession of seagoing men—they were marine engineers on steamships. The story begins in 1890s Port Townsend, and follows through the growth years of the railroad termination to Puget Sound, the Klondike Gold Rush, Asian trade, World War I, tourism, and World War II. This is followed by the peak, decline, and fall of northwest steamboating and the American Merchant Marine in general—a commentary on the legacy of American socialism of the 1930s.