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First Steamboat Down the Mississippi - cover

First Steamboat Down the Mississippi

George Fichter

Publisher: Pelican Publishing

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Summary

Come aboard the steamboat New Orleans, and experience the real-life adventure of the first steamboat trip down the mighty Mississippi through the eyes of a young crewmember. Tim Collins is a fourteen-year-old orphan trying to get from Pittsburgh to Natchez in the year 1811. He signs on as a deckhand aboard the New Orleans, and meets Nicholas Roo-sevelt, the dynamic builder and owner of the vessel, and his wife Lydia, who braves the untamed river while pregnant. Defying the ridicule of critics who claim that no vessel can defy the current of the mighty Mississippi, the voy-agers set off on their epic journey. They face crafty river pirates, hostile Indians, and wild animals. And can even a steamboat survive the awesome power of the New Madrid earth-quake, the strongest quake in American history?
Available since: 03/31/1989.
Print length: 112 pages.

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