Towboating on the Mississippi. First Edition in dustjacket. signed

By: PETERSEN, William J.

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PETERSEN, William J. Towboating on the Mississippi. South Brunswick and NewYork : A.S. Barnes and Company / London : Thomas Yoseloff Ltd, (1979). Fir st Edition. Pp. (8),9-294,(2). Double column. Illustrated in black and white. Folio, black cloth with silver lettering to spine. William John Petersen(b. January 30, 1901, Dubuque, Iowa - d. February 2, 1989, Dubuque) histor ian and author. This is the American issue with "Barnes" on the spine of the book and of the dj. "This truly outstanding book covers the whole period of modern towboating on the Mississippi and its navigable tributaries. The author, a professional historian and recognized authority on steamboating on the Mississippi, has kept a diary, or log, of what he has seen from the pilothouse of almost twoscore towboats, beginning with the year 1928. He hasrecorded these logs in this book beginning with his trip aboard the 600-hp John W. Weeks from Dubuque to St. Louis in the summer of 1928 while gather ing material for his book on steamboating on the Upper Mississippi. In paging tnrough Towboating on the Mississippi, the reader will spend much of histime with the author in the pilothouse watching the captains and plots ste er their cumbersome tows around tortuous curves, under highway bridges, andthrough railroad drawbidges, into locks and out of them—an almost continuo us process of squirming and threading their way up and down the majestic streams that are the pride of all Americans. In his first trip the reader will watch diminutive towboats pull four to six small 500-ton barges. As the lock and dam system is completed on the Ohio, the Illinois, and the Upper Mississippi the reader will be up in the pilothouse observing 3,200 hp, and some with double that horsepower, easily handling fifteen large barges in a tow. On the Lower Mississippi he will watch with amazement as giant towboats push from thirty to sixty huge barges around the circuitous Ox Bow Bends of the Delta country. The reader will meet some interesting men—captains, pilots, engineers, and mates—who have some exciting yarns to spin. And the cooks, mostly women (although there will be a few men), have equally interesting experiences to relate. Harbor boats, scooting like water bugs around such strategic termials as St. Louis, Cairo, Memphis, and New Orleans, afford a delightful diversion as towboats break up their tows and make up new ones. The true magnitude, of towboating on the Mississippi can only be gleaned by watching towboat activity at such widely scattered points—from Pittsburgh to Kansas City and from the Twin Cities to New Orleans. Through the historical facts, statistical data, and almost 200 pictures that illustrate the book, the reader will gain a better understanding of towboating on our Inland Waters—an industry that has increased from 10,000,000 tons when Mark Twain was a pilot in 1860 to over 500,000,000 tons in the 1970s." (from the dj). Contents : Introduction: Locks, Dams, and Towboats. 1. The Log of the John W. Weeks. 2. The Log of the John W. Weeks. 3. The Log of the C.C. Webber. 4. The Log of the General Ashburn. 5. The Log of the Illinois. 6. The Log of the St. Louis. 7. The Log of the Tuscaloosa. 8. The Log of the Demopolis. 9. The Log of the Herbert Hoover. 10. Logs of the Helena and Montgomery. 11. The Log of the Franklin D. Roosevelt. 12. The Log of the U.S. Penniman. 13. Six Towboat Logs on the Ohio. 14. The Log of the Laura Lee. 15. TheLog of the Renee G. 16. The Log of the Maba Kelce. 17. The Log of the Emma Bordner. 18. The Log of the Admiral. 19. The Log of the United States. 20. The Log of the America. 21. The Log of the Wisconsin. 22. The Log of the P hyllis and the Bernard G. 23. The Log of the Beverly Ann. 24. The Log of the Cajun Cory. 25. The Log of the Vince Tranchita. 26. The Log of the Stanton K. Smith. 27. The Log of the Reliance. 28. Thirty-one Years After - The Log of the Roy Mechling. Appendix I - Towboating Statistics. Appendix II- Towboating Companies. ADDITIONAL SHIPPING CHARGES WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ORDERSOUTSIDE CANADA DUE TO ITS WEIGHT. Very good in very good, unclipped dustja cket, with light wear. Signed with a warm inscription by Petersen. 125.00

Title: Towboating on the Mississippi. First Edition in dustjacket. signed

Author Name: PETERSEN, William J.

Categories: 81,

Publisher: A.S. Barnes and Company, South Brunswick and New York, 1986, ISBN:0498021750:

Seller ID: 103057

Keywords: NAUTICAL MERCANTILE SHIPPING SHIPS TOWING TOWBOATS MISSISSIPPI UNITED STATES BARGES AMERICAN RIVERS HISTORY,