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Re: [War Of 1812] Book Launch, Port Dover Ontario

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  • Gordon Deans
    This is well worth attending and the book is a must for everyone s library. We, in London, had a preview at the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum Wednesday night.
    Message 1 of 1 , May 31, 2007
      This is well worth attending and the book is a must for everyone's

      We, in London, had a preview at the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum
      Wednesday night.

      The author sailed much of the Great Lakes and most of the shores
      described in the book. He was also a deep water sailor for fifteen
      years, crossing the Atlantic and sailing the Mediterranean, Black Sea
      and most of the European rivers.

      He offers some interesting thoughts regarding some of the mysteries of
      the Great Lakes.

      Gord Deans,
      HMS Charwell Landing Party.

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Len Heidebrecht" <lheidebrecht@...>
      To: <WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2007 4:18 PM
      Subject: [War Of 1812] 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
      new land.

      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
      the /timber
      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 -
      Small 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)
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