Memories of the Lakes


"Today we can only retell those tales that have been handed down to us by letter and mouth.  Few men still live who can talk firsthand of actual experiences aboard the bygone windjammers of the lakes and of those early struggles of the creaking wooden steamers to gain a foothold in the realm of commercial transportation.  Memories of the Lakes is history differently written.  This work is more in the nature of a scrapbook of past outstanding incidents of the Great Lakes, compiled in an interesting manner.  All are true, and the dates and stories are accurate; many are from personal interviews."  When those words were written, in 1946, author Dana Thomas Bowen didn't yet know the enormous thanks history lovers would owe him for taking the time and tremendous energy to compile the history found within this volume.