Black and White and Red All Over: The Goodrich Steamer Atlanta, 1891-1906

Author(s): Lauren M Christian; Victoria L Kiefer

Year: 2017


Often overlooked in the story of the westward settlement of America, transportation of passengers and cargo through the Great Lakes and northern river systems accounted for a substantial volume of migrant travel. From the mid-1800s through the 1930s, passenger steamers on the Great Lakes were designed to combine luxury and speed. The Goodrich Transit Company, for example, was one of the longest operating (1856-1933) and most successful passenger steamship lines on the Great Lakes. Passage on the Great Lakes was not without risks and many vessels met disastrous ends, including the Goodrich Company’s Atlanta. In operation for 15 years, in 1906 Atlanta caught ablaze en route from Sheboygan to Milwaukee. All passengers and crew except one safely abandoned ship before the burning vessel was towed to a remote section of coast and run aground. Recent maritime archaeological investigation has provided further insight into the story of Atlanta.

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Black and White and Red All Over: The Goodrich Steamer Atlanta, 1891-1906. Lauren M Christian, Victoria L Kiefer. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435421)

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 359