Item description for Shipwrecks of Lake Michigan by Benjamin J. Shelak...
An excellent addition to any maritime history collection! Vintage maps and illustrations, historic photos, and detailed charts highlight this extensive volume. Featured are detailed accounts of disasters involving significant loss of life or property, or those that were particularly harrowing. This is the most comprehensive, accurate collection of information ever compiled about the legendary wrecks on Lake Michigan from 1800 to present.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2003
Publisher Trails Books
ISBN 1931599211 ISBN13 9781931599214 UPC 749350100175
Availability 0 units.
More About Benjamin J. Shelak
After living throughout the Great Lakes region for many years, Benjamin Shelak developed a lasting fascination with these great expanses of water. Though he left the Great Lakes for the mid-Atlantic region, his love for their beauty has persevered. He lives in Maryland and works as a Survey Statistician with the U.S. Census Bureau.
Benjamin J. Shelak currently resides in the state of Maryland.
Reviews - What do customers think about Shipwrecks of Lake Michigan?
A Superficial Treatment of the Subject Nov 23, 2004
I found this book to be a relatively superficial analysis of the subject of Lake Michigan shipwrecks. I have researched Lake Michigan shipwrecks for 20 years and I own several hundred books about Great Lakes shipwrecks and nearly 100 titles about Lake Michigan shipwrecks specifically. Comparatively speaking, this book is very superficial. The book treats a few hundred Lake Michigan wrecks and fails to even mention that at least 2000 other historically verified total loss Lake Michigan shipwrecks are known. I also noted several relatively serious factual errors in the specific wreck accounts. All the wrecks detailed in this book are already covered in existing books and it appeared that little original archival research went into the book's preparation, as evidenced by the book's bibliography. The book would have benefited from some contextual historical material about the social and economic conditions that caused so many wrecks on Lake Michigan. I believe any reader with a background in Lake Michigan maritime history will be disappointed by this book's lack of perpective, historical context and depth.
Meticulously researched and deftly written Apr 12, 2003
Shipwrecks Of Lake Michigan by Great Lakes expert Benjamin J. Shelak provides the reader with an impressively detailed and comprehensive collection of information about shipwrecks in Lake Michigan from 1800 down to the present day. Meticulously researched and deftly written, organized and presented with an eye for accuracy, Shipwrecks of Lake Michigan is as engaging, informative, and highly recommended for personal, professional, and community library Maritime History collections and reading lists.