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begun in childhood with the first daguerreotypes that led to a lifetime of research and writing about river craft. He was a steamboat pilot himself for a time. Towboats, showboats and most modem-day excursion boats have been omitted from the list. Steam ferries and several Civil War gunboats, however, do find their way into the accounts. At minimum, each entry indicates the steamer's shipyard, rig and class, dimensions, and engine and boiler specification. Much more than just a register of steamboats ' details , however, the book gives what is known of their employment and careers, and of the men who owned and manned them. One discovers that: the first vessel listed had Sam Clemens (Mark Twain) as pilot and he served in a dozen others; that casualties among the boats from fires, boiler explosions, collisions, ice and sinking by snags were very high and so was the loss of life, human and animal , in Civil War engagements; and that cargoes varied tremendously--<:otton, iron ore, crude oil from the early wells, iron and steel, grain, livestock, and motor cars. And there are hundreds of stories from the kaleidoscope of American steamboating history. One only wishes there were a map of the navigation to help one follow the text. BRIAN WAINWRIGHT

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