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Old Times on the Upper Mississippi

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Merrick, George Byron


George Byron Merrick was a steamboat pilot on the Upper Mississippi for nine years. In this memoir, Merrick chronicles steamboat life as he experienced it in the mid-1800s, when he started as a cabin boy and worked his way up to cub pilot. His narrative contains lively accounts of gamblers, shipwrecks, and boat races, as well as rich descriptions of river life and day-to-day steamboat operations during the height of the steamboat era
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