. . reads like a novel.? --Publishers Weekly
. . a vivid, fast-moving story.? --New Orleans Times-Picayune
. . in a class by itself . . . surges with excitement.? --Louisiana
. . well-researched, vividly told.? --Waterways Journal
. . intriguing romance, [a] taut, suspense-filled story, cataclysmic drama . . .
a whale of a book!?--Christian
In 1811, the steamboat New
Orleans was the first to travel the Mississippi River in a four-month
journey between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and New Orleans, Louisiana. The only
people brave enough to embark upon the journey were Nicholas Roosevelt; his
pregnant wife, Lydia Latrobe; and their young daughter. During the course of the
trip, the brilliant, yet reckless, Roosevelt led his family through navigational
perils, hostile Indians, and fire aboard. The small, fire-engine-powered
steamboat saw not only the birth of Roosevelt and Latrobe?s second child, but
also the greatest earthquake ever to strike Eastern United States. That
cataclysmic event, described in the book from first-hand accounts, destroyed
villages, swallowed islands, and reversed the course of the Mississippi River.
Mr. Roosevelt?s Steamboat
is an authoritative account of a twenty-five-hundred-mile voyage that
significantly contributed to the United States? transportation revolution. The
dynamic main characters share tender romance and great courage. Their incredible
trip down the Mississippi assured the future of steam navigation and the
progress of the great westward movement.
About the Author
Mary Helen Dohan has been a guest
lecturer aboard the steamboats Delta Queen and Mississippi Queen.
She earned a master?s degree in English from Tulane University and has written
two books and numerous articles. Currently, Dohan is working with a media
company to prepare a video based on Mr. Roosevelt?s Steamboat,
which will be shown at the newly opened Discovery Center of the National
Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque, Iowa.
MR. ROOSEVELT?S STEAMBOAT
By Mary Helen Dohan
208 pp. 6 x 9
5 photos - 7 illustrations - 5 maps - Notes - Bibliography - Index -Ages 10 and up
EAN: 978-1-58980-229-2 pb