RIVERS OF FORTUNE: WHERE MAINE TIDES AND MONEY FLOWED
Author: Bill Caldwell
Publisher: NATIONAL BOOK NETWORK, Apr 2003
The fast-paced & fascinating story of coastal Maine's history too long overlooked: the cultural history of the Penobscot, Kennebec, Saco, & Damariscotta Rivers. 6x9 inches, 272 pgs.
This fast-paced and fascinating story, originally published in 1983, covers a vital part of coastal Maine's history too long overlooked: the cultural history of the Penobscot, Kennebec, Saco, and Damariscotta Rivers. More than three hundred years are covered, from the days of pioneer settlers, sea captains, river men, and lumberjacks, to the shipbuilders, merchants, and lumber barons who made millions from Maine's vast natural and human resources.
How dreary is the way to Boston now ... compared to going by sea aboard a Kennebec steamer.
I like to picture the excitement, the feel of going on a voyage, as the Maine passengers went up the gangplanks, headed for Boston. They followed a steward carrying their bags through passageways, down magnificent staircases to their cabin; gongs sounded for dinner and they watched for friends . . . being shown to their tables; they lounged in the bar, chatting with new acquaintances or strolled on deck to watch the sea, feel the salt spray or pick out landmarks along the shore; they came into Boston harbor, fascinated by the shipping traffic and stood enthralled as they watched the backing and filling, the throwing of lines, the tricks of the trade as the ship captain brought them safely alongside. The going to bed, the sleeping in a cabin to the throb of engines, the awakening to the roll of the sea . . . all these pleasures seem immense and enthralling compared to a boring drive by car today.
"Now I'll have a copy for the home library and the boat. We found that we were referring to it constantly and that it added immeasurably to our pleasure. Bill is an absolute genius." --Walter Cronkite
"Funny, sad, inspirational, entertaining--this book provides a glimpse into the soul not only of Maine, but all New England." --Yankee magazine