PowerShips Winter 2017 | No. 300
Captain Cobb’s Steamer
James Brown presents the story of Captain Nathan Cobb and his failed effort to start an American trans-Atlantic steam packet line in 1836. Cobb’s steamboat, the Despatch
, featured a unique steam propulsion system designed by Phineas Bennet that was doomed from the start.
Icebound! The Story of the RMS Britannia at Boston
David Longshore presents a compelling account of February 1844 when, in the midst of one of the coldest winters in New England memory, hundreds of people from all walks of life came to the icebound Boston harbor to dig a 7-mile channel so the RMS Britannia
could head out to sea.
Remembering the La Guardia
In Lives of the Liners, William Miller presents the extraordinary and varied career of the La Guardia
, which began its days in the fall of 1944 as the U.S. troopship General W. P. Richardson
and later designed to be adapted as a commercial liner in peacetime.
From Peonies to Pirates
Steven Duff presents the amazing story of Jane Shelley, a Chief Officer with the Maersk Line. Her ship is the Maersk Alabama
, made famous by its hijacking in 2009 by Somali pirates and resulting movie, Captain Phillips. Shelley’s story is a true saga.
A 100-Year Story of the Motor Yacht Mar-Sue
In 1975, Butch Baxter bought an old, 65-foot, double-ender motor yacht named Mar-Sue II
. He set a goal to keep the Mar-Sue
going through her 100th birthday, a goal he achieved in April 2015. This is his story.