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The Resource The steamboat Bertrand and Missouri River commerce, by Ronald R. Switzer

The steamboat Bertrand and Missouri River commerce, by Ronald R. Switzer

Label
The steamboat Bertrand and Missouri River commerce
Title
The steamboat Bertrand and Missouri River commerce
Statement of responsibility
by Ronald R. Switzer
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
On April 1, 1865, the steamboat Bertrand, a sternwheeler bound from St. Louis to Fort Benton in Montana Territory, hit a snag in the Missouri River and sank twenty miles north of Omaha. The crew removed only a few items before the boat was silted over. For more than a century thereafter, the Bertrand remained buried until it was discovered by treasure hunters, its cargo largely intact. This book categorizes some 300,000 artifacts recovered from the Bertrand in 1968, and also describes the invention, manufacture, marketing, distribution, and sale of these products and traces their route to the frontier mining camps of Montana Territory. The ship and its contents are a time capsule of mid-nineteenth-century America, rich with information about the history of industry, technology, and commerce in the Trans-Missouri West. In addition to enumerating the items the boat was transporting to Montana, and offering a photographic sample of the merchandise, Switzer places the Bertrand itself in historical context, examining its intended use and the technology of light-draft steam-driven river craft. His account of steamboat commerce provides multiple insights into the industrial revolution in the East, the nature and importance of Missouri River commerce in the mid-1800s, and the decline in this trade after the Civil War. Switzer also introduces the people associated with the Bertrand. He has unearthed biographical details illuminating the private and social lives of the officers, crew members, and passengers, as well as the consignees to whom the cargo was being shipped. He offers insight into not only the passengers{u2019} reasons for traveling to the frontier mining camps of Montana Territory, but also the careers of some of the entrepreneurs and political movers and shakers of the Upper Missouri in the 1860s. This unique reference for historians of commerce in the American West will also fascinate anyone interested in the technology and history of riverine transport. --Amazon.com
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Switzer, Ronald R
Dewey number
978/.01
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
F598
LC item number
.S95 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bertrand (Steamboat)
  • Missouri River
  • Underwater archaeology
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • Shipwrecks
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • River steamers
  • Steam-navigation
  • Bertrand (Steamboat)
  • Antiquities
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • River steamers
  • Shipwrecks
  • Steam-navigation
  • Underwater archaeology
  • Missouri River
  • United States, West
Label
The steamboat Bertrand and Missouri River commerce, by Ronald R. Switzer
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-362) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The steamboat Bertrand -- Economics of the Upper Missouri trade -- The fateful voyage and the first salvage attempt -- Officers, crew, and passengers -- Consignees -- The cargo -- Foodstuffs, liquor, and patent medicines -- Textiles, wearing apparel, and sewing supplies -- Household goods -- Mining supplies -- Agricultural supplies -- Hardware, tools, and building supplies -- Powder and munitions -- Miscellaneous -- End of an era
Control code
825198066
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
374 pages
Isbn
9780806143620
Isbn Type
(hbk : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013001314
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)825198066
Label
The steamboat Bertrand and Missouri River commerce, by Ronald R. Switzer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-362) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The steamboat Bertrand -- Economics of the Upper Missouri trade -- The fateful voyage and the first salvage attempt -- Officers, crew, and passengers -- Consignees -- The cargo -- Foodstuffs, liquor, and patent medicines -- Textiles, wearing apparel, and sewing supplies -- Household goods -- Mining supplies -- Agricultural supplies -- Hardware, tools, and building supplies -- Powder and munitions -- Miscellaneous -- End of an era
Control code
825198066
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
374 pages
Isbn
9780806143620
Isbn Type
(hbk : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013001314
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)825198066

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