The Salvager

9781517902308: Paperback
Release Date: 4th April 2017

Dimensions: 140 x 216

Number of Pages: 392

Series Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage

University of Minnesota Press

The Salvager

The Life of Captain Tom Reid on the Great Lakes

First published in 1958, The Salvager is both a narrative history of Great Lakes shipping disasters of 1880–1950 and the life story of Captain Thomas Reid, who operated one of the region's largest salvaging companies during that era. The treacherous shoals, unpredictable storms, and sub-zero temperatures of the Great Lakes have always posed special hazards to mariners—particularly before the advent of modern navigational technologies—and offered ample opportunity for an enterprising sailor to build a salvage business up from nothing. Designing much of his equipment himself and honing a keen eye for the risks and rewards of various catastrophes, Captain Reid rose from humble beginnings and developed salvaging into a science. Using the actual records of the Reid Wrecking and Towing Company as well as Reid's personal logs and letters, Mary Frances Doner deftly tells the stories not only of the maritime disasters and the wrecking adventures that followed, but also of those waiting back on shore for their loved ones to return.
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First published in 1958, The Salvager is both a narrative history of Great Lakes shipping disasters of 1880–1950 and the life story of Captain Thomas Reid, who operated one of the region's largest salvaging companies during that era. The treacherous shoals, unpredictable storms, and sub-zero temperatures of the Great Lakes have always posed special hazards to mariners—particularly before the advent of modern navigational technologies—and offered ample opportunity for an enterprising sailor to build a salvage business up from nothing. Designing much of his equipment himself and honing a keen eye for the risks and rewards of various catastrophes, Captain Reid rose from humble beginnings and developed salvaging into a science. Using the actual records of the Reid Wrecking and Towing Company as well as Reid's personal logs and letters, Mary Frances Doner deftly tells the stories not only of the maritime disasters and the wrecking adventures that followed, but also of those waiting back on shore for their loved ones to return.

Mary Frances Doner (1893–1985) was the author of more than twenty-eight works of fiction and nonfiction, most of which were set on or around the Great Lakes.

Michael Schumacher has written twelve books, including, most recently, Torn in Two: The Sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell and One Man’s Survival on the Open Sea (Minnesota, 2016). He lives in Wisconsin.

"Doner was gifted with the talent of bringing scenes vividly to life as she describes salvager Tom Reid, working in the cold and changeable depths with primitive gear but a problem solver’s imagination."—Shepherd Express

"A fascinating perspective into shipwreck diving and salvaging for the layperson and provides an important historical record for present-day divers."—The Anchor

"Mary Frances Doner deftly tells the stories not only of the maritime disasters and the wrecking adventures that followed, but also of those waiting back onshore for their loved ones to return."—Sea Technology Magazine