Between June 1998 and June 2000, the Maritime Studies Program at East Carolina University (ECU) conducted three underwater archaeological field schools in Washington, North Carolina.
Annalies corbin, bradley a. rodgers. Remarkable not only for the history told here, not only for the archaeological documentation of a Missouri River steamboat wreck, but for the masterful manner in which Corbin and Rodgers have melded history and archaeology. Douglas D. Scott, Nebraska Weleyan University A definitive landmark book on the role of an often misunderstood American icon, the Western River steamboat, in the opening of the. West.
Their goal with the present book is to go beyond history and to instead incorporate archaeological analysis of the technology and tools that helped to create the steamboats of the West. The steamboat Montana was one of the last great western river steamboats ever constructed. Her architecture is a shining example of mid-to-late nineteenth century technological design and sophistication. She was built in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, towards the latter half of the century, during the winter of 1878–1879, by ambitious steamboat entrepreneur, Sanford Coulson, for service on the Missouri River.
The Montana was a shining example of modern design and technological sophistication when it made its maiden voyage in 1879. One of the largest stern-wheel vessels ever to navigate a western river, the Montana was built to compete with railroads. But it is remembered for its ironic end: only five years after it was launched, the Montana struck a railroad bridge near Bridgeton, Missouri, and sank. The recent archaeological excavation of its wreckage, combined with a wealth of written and visual material documenting its construction and use, offers fascinating insights into a little-known aspect of Western expansion.
The Montana was the subject of the History Channel's Deep Sea Detectives episode . New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum
The Montana was the subject of the History Channel's Deep Sea Detectives episode "Skeleton in the Sand: The Montana" in September 2003 and was featured in the Wild West Tech episode "Biggest Machines in the West" in December 2004. a b Handwerk, Brian (18 November 2002). Steamboat Wreck Sheds Light on Bygone Era". New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum. p. 204. ISBN 0-306-46168-4. Retrieved 10 August 2009. Corbin, Annalies, and Bradley A. Rodgers, "Steamboat Montana (1879–1884)-Leviathan of the American Plains", The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 36:1 (March 2007), pp. 59–74.
Annalies Corbin is the executive director of the PAST Foundation and is the author of The Life and Times of the Steamboat Red Cloud or How Merchants, Mounties, and the Missouri Transformed the West. Bradley A. Rodgers, professor of nautical archaeology at East Carolina University, is the author of Guardian of the Great Lakes: The . Paddle Frigate Michigan.
Book Description Schroeder’s interpretive biography restores Rodgers to his rightful place in history as the preeminent and most influential naval officer during America’s Age of Sail.
Readers will be intrigued by the insights into the commodore’s relationship with his wife, that enlightens our understanding of what it means to be a navy wife. David Curtis Skaggs, Bowling Green State University. Schroeder’s interpretive biography restores Rodgers to his rightful place in history as the preeminent and most influential naval officer during America’s Age of Sail. The recent archaeological excavation of its wreckage, combined with a wealth of written and visual material documenting its construction and use, offers fascinating insights into a little-known aspect. Corbin, Annalies, The Steamboat Montana and the Opening of the West: History, Excavation, and Architecture (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2008).
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