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Great Ships on the Great Lakes: A Maritime History (Paperback)

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In this highly accessible history of ships and shipping on the Great Lakes, upper elementary readers are taken on a rip-roaring journey through the waterways of the upper Midwest.

Great Ships on the Great Lakes explores the history of the region’s rivers, lakes, and inland seas—and the people and ships who navigated them. Read along as the first peoples paddle tributaries in birch bark canoes. Follow as European voyageurs pilot rivers and lakes to get beaver pelts back to the eastern market. Watch as settlers build towns and eventually cities on the shores of the Great Lakes. Listen to the stories of sailors, lighthouse keepers, and shipping agents whose livelihoods depended on the dangerous waters of Lake Michigan, Superior, Huron, Erie, and Ontario. Give an ear to their stories of unexpected tragedy and miraculous rescue, and heed their tales of risk and reward on the low seas.

Great Ships also tells the story of sea battles and gunships, of the first vessels to travel beyond the Niagara, and of the treacherous storms and cold weather that caused thousands of ships to sink in the Great Lakes. Watch as underwater archaeologists solve the mysteries of Great Lakes shipwrecks today. And learn how the shift from sail to steam forever changed the history of shipping, as schooners made way for steamships and bulk freighters, and sailing became a recreation, not a hazardous way of life.

Designed for the upper elementary classroom with emphasis on Michigan and Wisconsin, Great Ships on the Great Lakes includes a timeline of events, on-page vocabulary, and a list of resources and places to visit. Over 20 maps highlight the region’s maritime history. The accompanying Teacher’s Guide includes 18 classroom activities, arranged by chapter, including lessons on exploring shipwrecks and learning how glaciers moved across the landscape.

About the Author

Catherine M. Green is an underwater archaeologist specializing in outreach and education programs with Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Cathy combines her background in nautical archaeology with her experience teaching in shipboard education programs to bring the maritime heritage resources of the sanctuary to a wide audience. Jefferson J. Gray has served as the superintendent of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan, since 2002. The sanctuary protects the Great Lakes and their rich maritime history through research, education, and resource protection so this and future generations can enjoy these underwater treasures.
 Bobbie Malone, former School Services Director at the Wisconsin Historical Society, wrote and edited many books for classrooms, including the fourth grade textbook, Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story; the New Badger History series; and the Badger Biographies series. She now consults with school districts and museums and is busily working on a biography of author-illustrator Lois Lenski.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780870205828
ISBN-10: 087020582X
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Publication Date: September 23rd, 2013
Pages: 144
Language: English