You have no items in your shopping cart.

Ship Captain’s Daughter: Growing Up on the Great Lakes

$14.95
Paperback: $14.95
112 pages, 60 b&w photos, 5½ x 8½
ISBN: 9780870207303

Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Availability: In stock
- +

By Ann Lewis

Ann Lewis’s childhood was marked by an unusual rhythm. Each year the thawing and freezing of the Great Lakes signaled the beginning and end of the shipping season, months of waiting that were punctuated by brief trips to various ports to meet her father, the captain.

With lively storytelling and vivid details, Lewis captures the unusual life of shipping families whose days and weeks revolved around the shipping industry on the Great Lakes. She paints an intriguing and affectionate portrait of her father, a talented pianist whose summer job aboard an ore freighter led him to a life on the water. Working his way up from deckhand to ship captain, Willis Michler became the master of thirteen ships over a span of twenty-eight years. From the age of twelve, Ann accompanied the captain to the ports of Milwaukee, Chicago, Toledo, and Cleveland on the lower Great Lakes. She describes sailing through stormy weather and starry nights, visiting the engine room, dining at the captain’s table, and wheeling the block-long ship with her father in the pilot house. Through her mother’s stories and remarks, Lewis also reveals insights into the trials and rewards of being a ship captain’s wife. The book is enhanced by the author’s vintage snapshots, depicting this bygone lifestyle.

By Ann Lewis

Ann Lewis’s childhood was marked by an unusual rhythm. Each year the thawing and freezing of the Great Lakes signaled the beginning and end of the shipping season, months of waiting that were punctuated by brief trips to various ports to meet her father, the captain.

With lively storytelling and vivid details, Lewis captures the unusual life of shipping families whose days and weeks revolved around the shipping industry on the Great Lakes. She paints an intriguing and affectionate portrait of her father, a talented pianist whose summer job aboard an ore freighter led him to a life on the water. Working his way up from deckhand to ship captain, Willis Michler became the master of thirteen ships over a span of twenty-eight years. From the age of twelve, Ann accompanied the captain to the ports of Milwaukee, Chicago, Toledo, and Cleveland on the lower Great Lakes. She describes sailing through stormy weather and starry nights, visiting the engine room, dining at the captain’s table, and wheeling the block-long ship with her father in the pilot house. Through her mother’s stories and remarks, Lewis also reveals insights into the trials and rewards of being a ship captain’s wife. The book is enhanced by the author’s vintage snapshots, depicting this bygone lifestyle.

Products specifications
Details
PublisherWisconsin Historical Society Press
ISBN Number

978-0-87020-730-3

Publication Year2015
Page Count112
Illustrations
Format/BindingPaperback
Trim Size5.5 x 8.5 inches
Write your own review
*
*
  • Bad
  • Excellent
*
*
*
Products specifications
Details
PublisherWisconsin Historical Society Press
ISBN Number

978-0-87020-730-3

Publication Year2015
Page Count112
Illustrations
Format/BindingPaperback
Trim Size5.5 x 8.5 inches
Product tags
Customers who bought this item also bought
Picture of Steam and Cinders: The Advent of Railroads in Wisconsin

Steam and Cinders: The Advent of Railroads in Wisconsin

Hardcover: $29.95
352 pages, 8 x 9
ISBN: 9780870203855

Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press
$29.95
Picture of Horse-Drawn Days: a Century of Farming with Horses

Horse-Drawn Days: a Century of Farming with Horses

Paperback: $24.95
240 pages, 140 b/w and color photos and illus., 8 x 9
ISBN: 9780870204456

Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press
$24.95
Picture of Creating Dairyland

Creating Dairyland

Paperback: $26.95
232 pages, 120 b/w and color photos, 7 x 9"
ISBN:9780870204630

Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press
$26.95
Picture of WHS Historic Print for Personal Use

WHS Historic Print for Personal Use

To see pricing, check box below to accept personal use agreement, then paper type and size. More details, below.

NOTICE: Due to reduced capacity, fulfillment will be delayed on all personal use image orders. Contact imagesales@wisconsinhistory.org with questions. For commercial use inquiries, please contact imagesales@wisconsinhistory.org.

IMPORTANT: The image number and title, below, should have auto-filled from your image search. Do not change or edit them. If you landed on this page before finding the image record, please begin your search here: Discover Historical Images Here

Select paper type or canvas, size, add to cart, and check out. NB: Images for publication or public use require permission and additional fees. Find details at the bottom of this page.
$15.50

You Make A Difference

100% of our proceeds support the wisconsin historical society

Get History Delivered To Your Inbox

Sign up for the Wisconsin Historical Society Newsletter