Lakers: The Evolution of the Great Lakes Freighter


from back cover:  "[This book] takes you on a 300-year journey following the evolution of freight-carrying vessels on the Great Lakes of North America, from the wooden tall ships of the 17th and 18th centuries to the steel giants of the 21st century.  Learn how geography, weather, and technology caused lakers to evolve like no other ships in the world, and how these changes affected the lives of the men and women who served on them.  Discover how they contributed to the rise of nations, and help fuel the global economy of today."