Rivers Revealed

Rivers Revealed : Rediscovering America's Waterways

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Written in an engaging, conversational style, Rivers Revealed combines the author's lifelong love of America's waterways with practical and historic information gathered from his three decades as a professional riverlorian for the Delta Queen Steamboat Company in New Orleans. A modern-day Huck Finn, Jerry Hay spins yarns laced with personal anecdotes on such topics as navigating 500 miles of the Wabash River, the trials and tribulations of building a sternwheeler, "reading" the river, how to plan your own river adventure, a hair-raising but humorous river rescue, an unforgettable goose named Gilligan, the language of the rivers and riverboats, early to present-day river navigation, and much, much more. A book for all who love Mark Twain, these river adventures will entertain the landlubber and engage the boating enthusiast.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 157.5 x 231.1 x 22.9mm | 544.32g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 50 b&w photos
  • 0253218756
  • 9780253218759

About Jerry M. Hay

Jerry M. Hay has appeared in documentaries on American rivers for PBS, National Geographic, and the History Channel. The author of numerous books on American rivers, Hay lives in Floyds Knobs, Indiana, when he is not on the boats.show more

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"River historians, folklorists, and buffs will enjoy and learn from Rivers Revealed: Rediscovering America's Waterways. It can sit on the shelf, ready for reading in long or short installments." -Michael Allen, Indiana Magazine of History "The opening chapters of this book bring visions of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn as Hay describes his early adventures on the river. I found myself longing for adventures of my own. I immediately felt the author's love of the rivers and his desire to share his passion with others." -Dan Back, River Historianshow more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Boy in a Johnboat2. Wabash 5003. Wabash Queen4. Reading the River5. River Guide Books6. Gilligan Goose7. Rescue from a Dock8. Great Duck Race9. Anatomy of a River10. Language of the Rivers11. Nine Days on a Towboat12. Navigable River Know-How13. Bizarre River Experiences14. Evolution of Riverboats15. Restless River16. Steamboat Passengers17. Ghost of Mary Greene18. River Royalty19. Top Ten River Towns20. Canoeing Misadventures21. Grand Excursion 200422. PotpourriBibliographyIndexshow more

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