Beyond the Windswept Dunes: The Story of Maritime Muskegon

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Wayne State University Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 216 pages

Beyond the Windswept Dunes takes the reader into a world of maritime adventure as it was experienced by the sailors, passengers, rescue workers, shipping magnates, industrialists, and many other people whose livelihoods revolved around Michigan's port city of Muskegon. At one time the leading edge of westward expansion, Muskegon was a place where lumbering and lakers merged and where rails met decks, a place situated midway along the coast of a great and sometimes stormy inland sea. Here Elizabeth Sherman offers both a shipping history and a portrait of the city. The events covered range from the visit by the British sloop H.M.S. Felicity in 1779 through Muskegon's boom years as "Lumber Queen of the World," from the city's revitalization with the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway to its recent establishment of a floating museum complex for historic naval vessels.

The book's focus is on the ships themselves—such as the Lyman M. Davis, Salvor, Highway 16, and Milwaukee Clipper—vessels that were noteworthy for being the first of their kind or for their popularity, unusual and distinctive careers, or tragic losses. A number of ships were lost in Lake Michigan near Muskegon Harbor, and the stories of some of the most notable wrecks and rescue missions appear in this book, including the psychic intervention that led the William Nelson to the exciting rescue of the crew aboard the sinking Our Son. The book offers many first-hand statements of shipwreck survivors and other witnesses, lending an authentic voice to the accounts.

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Contents

Muskegons Earliest Days 1
1
Lumber Days on Muskegons Waterfront
9
Steamships and Car Berries of Muskegon
53
The Milwaukee Clipper
101
The Grand Trunk Car Ferries
108
New Ships and Old
151
Angus LinklaterThe Granada
157
Frank Dulach Reiterates
165
Doc Ray CookeThe Alabama
171
Guy E JonesThe Naomi
175
Glossary
193
Index
207
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About the author (2003)

Elizabeth B. Sherman, a native of Muskegon who maintains close ties to the region, has spent over a decade pursuing interests related to Great Lakes maritime history. She is on the board of directors for the Great Lakes Maritime Institute, and is a member of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society and the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History.

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