Ships and Memories: Merchant Seafarers in Canada's Age of Steam by Eric W. SagerShips and Memories: Merchant Seafarers in Canada's Age of Steam by Eric W. Sager

Ships and Memories: Merchant Seafarers in Canada's Age of Steam

byEric W. Sager


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

Eric Sager draws on interviews with master mariners, engineers, ableseamen, cooks, stewards, and many others who worked aboard steamshipsfrom 1920 to 1950.

Eric W. Sager is a professor of history at the University of Victoria. He is the author of Seafaring Labour: The Merchant Marine of Atlantic Canada and co-author of Maritime Capital: The Shipping Industry in Atlantic Canada, 1820-1914.
Title:Ships and Memories: Merchant Seafarers in Canada's Age of SteamFormat:HardcoverDimensions:182 pages, 9.24 × 6.23 × 0.71 inPublisher:Ubc Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0774804432

ISBN - 13:9780774804431

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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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The design of this book will do much to attract a working-class readership as much as it will academics. Lavish use of illustrations and boldfaced type of quotes from the seafarers' own words set this book apart from the often monotonous presentations of more pedantic efforts. Ships and Memories may be brief in content, but it is not superficial in intent. The purpose of this book is not to give readers a dry study of workers in the shipping industry, but rather to set a new course by encouraging seafarers and other workers to value, and build on, the memories of their own experiences. - R.F. Latimer - The Northern Mariner