Deckhand: Life on Freighters of the Great Lakes (Paperback)
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Deckhand: Life on Freighters of the Great Lakes (Paperback)

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Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 24/02/2009
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Long before popular television shows such as ""Dirty Jobs"" and ""The Deadliest Catch,"" everyday men and women - the unsung heroes of the job world - toiled in important but mostly anonymous jobs. One of those jobs was deckhand on the ore boats, and this book offers an insider's view of life on some of the ships that plied their trade on the Great Lakes. With numerous photographs and engaging stories, Deckhand illustrates both the mundane and the intriguing duties performed by deckhands on these gritty cargo vessels. Boisterous port saloons, monster ice jams, near drownings, and the daily drudgery of soogeying - cleaning dirt and grime off the ships - are just a few of the experiences Mickey Haydamacker had as a young deckhand working on freighters of the Great Lakes in the early 1960s. Haydamacker sailed five Interlake Steamship Company boats, from the modern Elton Hoyt 2nd to the ancient coal-powered Col. James Pickands with its backbreaking tarp-covered hatches.Deckhand will appeal to shipping buffs and to anyone interested in Great Lakes shipping and maritime history as it chronicles the adventures of living on the lakes from the seldom-seen view of a deckhand.

Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472033256
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


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..".an immensely likeable story told as if Mickey were sharing a beer with you in one of the dives he visited in many lake ports."
--Joe Follansbee, The Fyddeye Guides

-- (05/22/2012)

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