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The Steamboat Era In the Muskokas: Volume II: Golden Years to Today [Hardcover]

Richard Tatley
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April 1 1995

This excellent two-volume set by noted historian Richard Tatley won the American Association for State and Local History Best Regional Book Award. In Muskoka, these books are the steamboat bibles. A must for any collector.


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Richard S. Tatley is a member of the Steamboat Historical Society of America and in 1973 helped to found the Muskoka Steamship and Historical Society, which now owns the S.S.Segwun. Richard is the author of several books, including Steamboating in Muskoka and Port Carling: The Hub of the Muskoka Lakes.


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Difinitive Work July 16 1999
This volume explains the colorful history of the steamboat era in the Muskoka region in Ontario from the turn of the century until the last steamboat tied up for the last time in 1958. There are also descriptions and photographs of the many luxury hotels that lined the lake shores and were served by the steamers. The final chapter describes the Segwun, built in 1887 and the lone survivor of the steamboat era, tied up at the Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst as a floating museum, rotting away day by day and how, what started out to be only simple repairs just to keep her afloat, turned into a full-fledged restoration project and eventual return to service. Today, she proudly steams on three lakes as the only coal-fired passenger steamer in Canada and the oldest engine-powered vessel in North America. No maritime liberary is complete without this book.
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This area of Ontario name is derived from an Indian Chief. There was only one person so the name can not carry an s. He was a wonderful person and deserves to be honoured. He taught many pioneers how to live in their new home area. Media has sadly slipped into the error of calling the area The Muskokas. It is wrong. Please continue to call it by its correct name. It is Muskoka. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Difinitive Work July 16 1999
By Peter Vander Veld - Published on Amazon.com
This volume explains the colorful history of the steamboat era in the Muskoka region in Ontario from the turn of the century until the last steamboat tied up for the last time in 1958. There are also descriptions and photographs of the many luxury hotels that lined the lake shores and were served by the steamers. The final chapter describes the Segwun, built in 1887 and the lone survivor of the steamboat era, tied up at the Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst as a floating museum, rotting away day by day and how, what started out to be only simple repairs just to keep her afloat, turned into a full-fledged restoration project and eventual return to service. Today, she proudly steams on three lakes as the only coal-fired passenger steamer in Canada and the oldest engine-powered vessel in North America. No maritime liberary is complete without this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars High on my short list of favorites Aug. 10 2008
By Daibhidh - Published on Amazon.com
This volume, and it's volume #1, are truly a surperlative product. They are well researched, and wonderfully printed volumes, and well illustrated with images not found anywhere else. I have a collection of probably over 200 books about paddle steamers all over the world, a favorite subject of mine. Muskoka, Muskokas, who cares, it's about the boats. The people, the area: they are only there to justify steamboats' reason for being. These two books are certainly within my top 10 favorites.
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3.0 out of 5 stars .The area is Muskoka. No such thing as The Muskokas Feb. 26 2001
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This area of Ontario name is derived from an Indian Chief. There was only one person so the name can not carry an s. He was a wonderful person and deserves to be honoured. He taught many pioneers how to live in their new home area. Media has sadly slipped into the error of calling the area The Muskokas. It is wrong. Please continue to call it by its correct name. It is Muskoka. Thank you.
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