Beyond the Windswept Dunes: The Story of Maritime Michigan
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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Elizabeth Sherman is an interesting writer and, as it turns out, is the great granddaughter of the Muskegon Lumber Baron Thomas Hume. So she is very connected to and passionate about the history of Muskegon and West Michigan.
This is a great book for anyone interested in local michigan history, specifically the maritime history of West Michigan. I would highly recommend this book to any history or maritime history buff. Thanks for bringing the history of Muskegon alive!
Frank BlakefieldThe Erie L Hackley
Doc Ray CookeThe Alabama
Guy E JonesThe Naomi
Capt Edward MillerThe Muskegon
Lyman NedeauThe Salvor