Book Launch, Port Dover Ontario
- Hello All,
This looks to be an interesting book launch and I thought everyone
might be interested.
For Immediate release:
May 28, 2007
/A Major Book on Great Lakes History to Be Launched at Harbour Museum
June 9^th /
The banks of Port Dover's Lynn River have witnessed many launchings
the past 200 years. Scores of vessels from schooners to fishtugs have
found their way to the water here. On June 9^th a launch of a
sort will take place as author Don Bamberg greases the ways for the
launching of his new book on the golden age of sail on the lakes.
*Freshwater Heritage: A History of Sail on the Great Lakes, 1670-1918*
represents the culmination of a lifelong passion for sailing and for
history of sail as it applies to Canada. Author/sailor/boat builder
Bamford takes us deep into the psyche of sailing as it applies to
historical events on the Great Lakes and to stories of the people and
places there at the time.
His extensive historical research takes us back to the time of
contact, through the fate of the luckless /Griffon/. From the 1760s
through to 1815, Bamford chronicles the glory years of the brigs,
schooners, and gunboats that dominated the lakes during the war years,
with a particular emphasis on the War of 1812 and the race for naval
domination of the Great Lakes.
Much deserving attention is given to the shipbuilders and to the
challenges of constructing these vessels in the wilderness of the
colonies. The book also documents the critical role played by sailing
vessels as newly arrived immigrants struggled to establish a home in a
The commercial role of sail on the Great Lakes is captured through the
refinements to the schooners, the place of ships in the fur trade, the
early days of fishing the lakes as an industry, the role of
droghers/, the /stone hookers/ and the first ore carriers of the first
part of the 20th century. Never before has the place of sailing
in the early history of Canada's Great Lakes been so inclusive, and
so accessible to the general reader.
Richly illustrated with archival visuals and photographs of
works of art, and supported by a full index and extensive end matter,
Freshwater Heritage is a must for both the armchair historian and
who love to sail. Now retired, and after 55 years of sailing, Don
Bamford lives in London, Ontario.
FRESHWATER HERITAGE is published by Natural Heritage Books / The
This book launch will coincide with the Grand Opening of the Harbour
Museum's major 2007 exhibits on Captain Alexander McNeilledge "A
Dog In A Freshwater Town" and Schooner Days on Lake Erie "Tall Ships
The author will speak and will be on hand to sign books.
Saturday June 9^th 7:00 9:00 PM - Refreshments - Music
Port Dover Harbour Museum 44 Harbour St., Port Dover, N0A 1N0 (519)