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Ships and Memories

Merchant Seafarers in Canada’s Age of Steam

Canada is a great maritime nation. Although ships and the sea have been part of its history for centuries, very little is known about the men and women who have worked in its coastal and lake fleets. Ships and Memories is a fascinating account of life at sea during the age of steam. In it, seafarers tell ther own stories and remember the good times as well as the bad, in peace and war and during the depression.

Eric Sager draws on interviews with master mariners, engineers, able seamen, cooks, stewards, and many others who worked aboard steamships from 1920 to 1950.

182 pages

Table of Contents




1. Yarns

2. Going to Sea

3. Work

4. Officers and Masters

5. Class

6. Family

7. Masculinity

8. Hazards

9. War

10. Union

11. Canada



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