Synopses & Reviews
A richly illustrated story from the glory days of passenger travel on the Great Lakes.
For decades Canada Steamship Lines proclaimed itself as the world's largest transportation company operating on inland waters. Its passenger and freight vessels could be found on the Great Lakes as far west as Duluth, Minnesota, and as far east as the Lower St. Lawrence River.
The passenger steamers were known collectively as the Great White Fleet. These ships - from day-excursion vessels to well-appointed cruise ships - had rich histories. The sheer scope of these passenger services were a wonder to behold. No fewer than 51 steamers comprised the passenger fleet at the company's inception in 1913, and its network of routes was awesome.
This is the story of the beloved steamers of the Great White Fleet from 1913-65, when the passenger vessels stopped running. Nearly half a century after the last passenger boats sailed, this book will provide a window into a wonderful lost way of life.
"The measure of a good book is often the degree to which it informs and entertains. Great White Fleet
Carona, Cayuga, Chicora, Chippewa, Tadoussac, Richelieu ... wonderful names that evoke wonderful memories of a time when boarding Canada Steamship Lines' Great White Fleet of Great Lakes passenger ships destined for such far such charming destinations as Niagara-on-the-Lake, Montreal, and Quebec City was as exciting as sailing across the Atlantic. -- Mike Filey, Toronto Sunday Sun columnist and author of Dundurn's Toronto Sketches series.
Porthole into our passenger ship past Montreal Gazette
The book is a fitting and highly recommended addition to the Great White Fleet that once graced North America's inland waterways. Powerships Magazine
John Henry has done a wonderful job in researching and writing about the beautiful passenger ships of Canada Steamship Lines. His work is thorough and a very appropriate reminder of the legacy of this great Canadian shipping company as they celebrate 100 years of service on the Great Lakes in 2013. Skip Gillham
Great White Fleet perfectly captures the joy of travel on these beautiful steamships, vividly recalling a more elegant era. This is going to be a valuable addition to the written lore of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. author of The Postwar Ships of Canada Steamship Lines and co-author of The Early Ships of Canada Steamship Lines
The passenger steamers of the Canada Steamship Lines were known as the Great White Fleet. No fewer than 51 steamers comprised the passenger fleet at the company's inception, and its network of routes was awesome. Nearly half a century after the last passenger boats sailed, this book will provide a window into a wonderful lost way of life.
About the Author
John Henry has been a journalist in New York for more than four decades. He covered business for the Associated Press, Newsday and the New York Daily News and has written numerous articles as a freelance for publications in Canada and the United States. He has also been published in the quarterly journals of the Steamship Historical Society of America and the Great Lakes Historical Society. He lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1 THE GREAT WHITE FLEET : AN OVERVIEW
SIDEBAR: IN THE BEGINNING
CHAPTER 2 THE ‘NIAGARA IN “NIAGARA TO THE SEA”
CHAPTER 3 BY NIGHT BOAT THROUGH THE THOUSAND ISLANDS
SIDEBAR: THE ALSO-RANS
CHAPTER 4 RUNNING THE RAPIDS
CHAPTER 5 TO SALTWATER AND THE “SENTINELS OF THE SAGUENAY”
SIDEBAR: THE MAKING (AND UNMAKING) OF THE MONTREAL
CHAPTER 6 THE OUTLIER: C.S.L.S NORTHERN EXPOSURE
SIDEBAR: OTHER NORHTERN NAVIGATION BOATS
CHAPTER 7 C.S.L.S TRIALS BY FIRE
SIDEBAR: A MOST DAMNING REPORT
CHAPTER 8 EPILOGUE
ADDENDUM: The Peaks and Valleys of C.S.L.s Passenger Business
Vessel histories in brief