Ninety Fathoms Down: Canadian Stories of the Great Lakes (Paperback)

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Ninety Fathoms Down is the first collection of Canadian stories about the Great Lakes, the inland seas that shaped the development of Ontario. This fascinating book explains the history of the Canadian side of the Great Lakes by telling the stories of people whose lives took dramatic turns on the vast lakes. In these pages you will meet people like Paul Ragueneau, the Jesuit priest who tried to save thousands of starving Hurons in 1650; the seventeenth-century dreamer Rene-Robert Cavalier de La Salle, whose luck always let him down; and Lt. Miller Worsley, who takes revenge on the loss of his little supply ship Nancy by capturing two of the American warships that sank his schooner in the War of 1812.

The people whose stories are told here are often at odds with the power of the lakes themselves. For instance, the three hundred sailors who lost their lives in the great storm of 1913 and the passengers of the steamship Algoma, torn apart on a Lake Superior beach by hurricane winds in 1885, learned that there are times when the lakes are unforgiving.

Politics, too, play a role in the lore of the Great Lakes. Confederate pirates once prowled Lake Erie, hoping someday for a chance to attack Buffalo or Cleveland and change the outcome of the Civil War. Politicians, including Sir John A. Macdonald, have been at the mercy of the lakes in shipwrecks that have changed Ontario's history. The Great Lakes have been a stage for courage, greed, misfortune, and murder. Ninety Fathoms Down fills an important void in Ontario's popular history by using the theme of the great waterways to show the development of central Canada.

About the Author

Mark Bourrie was born in Toronto and grew up in Collingwood and Midland. He received his B.A. in History from the University of Waterloo and also holds a diploma in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Guelph. He has been a staff writer for the Hamilton Spectator, the Globe and Mail, and the London Free Press, and the Toronto Sun. Since 1989, he has been a correspondent fo rthe Toronto Star, writing news, features, and columns. As well, he has been a frequent contributor to the Law Times and the London Free Press. His articles have appeared in newspapers across Canada, and he has received eight jounalism awards for writing on subjects as diverse as archaeology, witnessing a tornado, and exposing illegal toxic waste dumping. He is married and lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780888821829
ISBN-10: 0888821824
Publisher: Dundurn Group
Publication Date: January 10th, 1995
Pages: 184
Language: English