Ship Captain's Daughter: Growing Up on the Great Lakes

Ship Captain s Daughter Growing Up on the Great Lakes Ann Lewis s childhood was marked by an unusual rhythm Each year the thawing and freezing of the Great Lakes signaled the beginning and end of the shipping season months of waiting that were punctuate

  • Title: Ship Captain's Daughter: Growing Up on the Great Lakes
  • Author: Ann Michler Lewis
  • ISBN: 9780870207303
  • Page: 420
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ann Lewis s childhood was marked by an unusual rhythm Each year the thawing and freezing of the Great Lakes signaled the beginning and end of the shipping season, months of waiting that were punctuated by brief trips to various ports to meet her father, the captain.With lively storytelling and vivid details, Lewis captures the unusual life of shipping families whose daysAnn Lewis s childhood was marked by an unusual rhythm Each year the thawing and freezing of the Great Lakes signaled the beginning and end of the shipping season, months of waiting that were punctuated by brief trips to various ports to meet her father, the captain.With lively storytelling and vivid details, Lewis captures the unusual life of shipping families whose days and weeks revolved around the shipping industry on the Great Lakes She paints an intriguing and affectionate portrait of her father, a talented pianist whose summer job aboard an ore freighter led him to a life on the water Working his way up from deckhand to ship captain, Willis Michler became the master of thirteen ships over a span of twenty eight years From the age of twelve, Ann accompanied the captain to the ports of Milwaukee, Chicago, Toledo, and Cleveland on the lower Great Lakes She describes sailing through stormy weather and starry nights, visiting the engine room, dining at the captain s table, and wheeling the block long ship with her father in the pilot house Through her mother s stories and remarks, Lewis also reveals insights into the trials and rewards of being a ship captain s wife The book is enhanced by the author s vintage snapshots, depicting this bygone lifestyle.

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    1. Ann Lewis, through this book, has opened my eyes to the shipping industry of the Great Lakes, especially in Lake Superior. Since I love new experiences through reading, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lewis's work. She tells the story of her father, a dedicated sea man who became a ship's captain in due time. It's interesting to have her point of view, so I got a glimpse of not only life on the ship but also the life of the captain's family on land. I particularly enjoyed reading her personal exper [...]

    2. It's a collection of incidents about Ann Lewis' father's captain life based on recollections from her childhood and the photos she has from that era. The anecdotes do not necessarily have a point, they're just memories. They're all matter of fact recollections, there's no agenda here other than to recount this lifestyle that is from a bygone era. There's no story arc other than her early memories to her final relevant ones. It's just ordinary life with no flashes or surprises. Probably interesti [...]

    3. Ship Captain's Daughter is a very short autobiographical narrative about growing up in the Twin Ports (Duluth/Superior) as the daughter of a Great Lakes ore ship captain. The prose reads like a young girl's diary, touching on both highlights and the more mundane aspects of this family's unique seasonal scheduled. Not a page-turner, but of interest to me especially because of the locale, and because I know people working in the Great Lakes shipping industry.

    4. Interesting bookd what a different life from us "landlubbers"but hard on families.I did wonder how her father put the tinsel on the Christmas tree and THEN the ornaments, having done this for years just the opposite!

    5. This is a great light read. It is fun reading a well rounded view of the lives of sailors and their families on Lake Superior. I am glad I read this before the Chippewa Valley Book Festival next month!

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