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Taking viewers to places never seen by passengers, Jon Kral photographs aboard all six remaining real paddlewheel steamboats on the Mississippi River system. Imagine standing underneath the mighty American Queen, largest steamboat ever built, while in drydock. Stand a midnight watch in a wheelhouse that has no wheel. Experience a man overboard drill from the rescue boat. Text contributed by some of steamboating's most noted figures like noted musician and riverman John Hartford ("Gentle on My Mind"), legendary Captain Clark C. "Doc" Hawley, and naval architect Alan Bates, designer of the "Natchez". Over 100 sepia duotone photographs show the complete story of what it takes to run a steamboat.
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Four-time Pulitzer nominee Jon Kral, is a senior photographer at the Miami Herald. A 31 year veteran photographer, his previous books have heralded the Cracker cowboy lifestyle in "Cracker: Florida's Enduring Cowboys" and shown the secret world of Thoroughbred horse racing in "Hotbloods: Beyond the Winner's Circle". Kral is the winner of literally dozens of awards, including the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Award for his coverage of youth gangs in the South. He lives in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.From Library Journal:
Over 100 sepia duotone photographs of life aboard the six extant paddlewheel steamboats plying the inland waterways of the Mississippi River system comprise this art photography book. Kral has previously authored two other photographic books, Florida's Enduring Cowboys and Hotbloods: Beyond the Winner's Circle, a 2000 PMA Benjamin Franklin Award winner, and has been a staff photographer for the Miami Herald for 16 years. The monochromatic snapshots of boat crews at work and play evoke a time apart from the present century and reveal scenes that the typical passenger never glimpses. Aside from a brief introduction, no text accompanies the photographs; evoking a particular ambiance seems to subsume the need to identify people, places, or tasks at hand. For the curious, however, an index arranged by page number and accompanied by stamp-sized reproductions of pictures from the book gives concise captions. Each of the steamboats is briefly profiled in a paragraph that details dimensions, passenger and crew allowances, and builders and owners. Recommended for academic or public libraries with strong art photography collections. Kathleen M. Conley, Illinois State Univ. Lib., Normal
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