Dana Thomas Bowen was an American author, best known for his book “Shipwrecks of the Lakes Told in Story and Pictures”. Bowen’s book provides a comprehensive account of various shipwrecks that occurred in the Great Lakes region, accompanied by vivid illustrations. His work sheds light on the dangers faced by sailors and the tragic stories behind these maritime disasters.

Bowen developed a deep seated love of lakes at 8 years old, when he began taking the streetcar to the lakefront to watch the boats come in. In 1935 he sold his business and turned to writing about lakes. His first book, “Lore of the Lakes”, was published in 1940. “Memories of the Lakes followed in 1949, “Shipwrecks of the Lakes” in 1952 and “Capt. George Hindman”” in 1967.

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  • 1953 Shipwrecks of the Lakes Told in Story and Pictures, by Dana Thomas Bowen

    “Shipwrecks of the Lakes Told in Story and Pictures” by Dana Thomas Bowen is a meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated book that delves into the fascinating history of shipwrecks in the Great Lakes region. Published in 1953, this second printing offers a comprehensive account of the numerous maritime disasters that have occurred on the lakes, accompanied by captivating photographs and illustrations. With 368 pages, this book provides a wealth of information about the tragic events, the ships involved, and the brave individuals who risked their lives to save others. The book is in excellent condition, with the book block appearing as new and only slight wear on the dust jacket, which has been mended at a couple of minor tears. A valuable addition to any maritime history collection, “Shipwrecks of the Lakes Told in Story and Pictures” offers a gripping exploration of the perilous waters and the stories that lie beneath.