Dohan, Mary Mr. Roosevelt's Steamboat

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Mr. Roosevelt's Steamboat

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9781589802292: Mr. Roosevelt's Steamboat

". . . reads like a novel."
-- Publishers Weekly

". . . a vivid, fast-moving story."
-- New Orleans Times-Picayune

". . . in a class by itself . . . surges with excitement."
--Louisiana History

". . . well-researched, vividly told."
-- Waterways Journal

". . . intriguing romance, [a] taut, suspense-filled story, cataclysmic drama . . .a whale of a book!"
-- Christian Herald

In 1811, the steamboat New Orleans was the first to travel the Mississippi River in a four-month journey between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and New Orleans, Louisiana. The only people brave enough to embark upon the journey were Nicholas Roosevelt; his pregnant wife, Lydia Latrobe; and their young daughter. During the course of the trip, the brilliant, yet reckless, Roosevelt led his family through navigational perils, hostile Indians, and fire aboard. The small, fire-engine-powered steamboat saw not only the birth of Roosevelt and Latrobe's second child, but also the greatest earthquake ever to strike Eastern United States. That cataclysmic event, described in the book from first-hand accounts, destroyed villages, swallowed islands, and reversed the course of the Mississippi River.

Mr. Roosevelt's Steamboat is an authoritative account of a twenty-five-hundred-mile voyage that significantly contributed to the United States� transportation revolution. The dynamic main characters share tender romance and great courage. Their incredible trip down the Mississippi assured the future of steam navigation and the progress of the great westward movement.

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The New Orleans, first steamboat to go down the western rivers, set out on her maiden voyage in October 1811. The only passengers were Nicholas Roosevelt, the boat's mercurial builder; his twenty-year-old wife, Lydia; and their young daughter. Not even the boat's designer, Robert Fulton, would risk the hazardous twenty-five-hundred-mile voyage. By the time the boat docked in New Orleans in January 1812, the family had endured navigational perils, an earthquake, fire, and the birth of their son.

Mr. Roosevelt's Steamboat is a stirring adventure story, a narrative with a wealth of fascinating details about the people involved. It is also an authoritative account of a historic voyage that made an important contribution to the transportation revolution.

Mary Helen Dohan lives in Houston and is the author of Our Own Words, a study of the American language, called by the New York Times "an unusual and valuable book."

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