Lost Legends of the Lakes: An Illustrated History (Paperback)
Now in Paperback! A unique study of the maritime heritage of the Great Lakes from an Artist's viewpoint featuring over fifty paintings & drawings of Great Lakes ships starting with the Griffon and ending with the Edmund Fitzgerald. Marine Artist and historian Robert McGreevy has devoted a lifetime to painting and researching ships of the Great Lakes. This new book features many never before illustrated ships from all periods of our maritime history. Special attention has been given to ships that sank, often showing what the wreck looks like today and the circumstances surrounding its loss. Lost Legends of the Lakes is a carefully researched, illustrated, and written chronicle of our freshwater history. Paperback, 144 pages, over fifty illustrations in color.
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Robert McGreevy is a Great Lakes historian and marine artist whose family history is steeped in the shipbuilding industry. McGreevy's grandfather and father worked for Harland & Wolff, Belfast's biggest shipbuilder; additionally, in 1912, his grandfather worked on the building of the Titanic. During his formative years and surrounded by talk of shipbuilding, McGreevy began building models and sketching ships. McGreevy's interest in ships had him wondering what ships looked like in their proper environment and this curiosity spurred his interest in painting. With no known photographs capturing the image of many ships, McGreevy delved into research by studying a ship's enrollment papers and reading contemporary accounts. McGreevy has completed over 300 paintings of Great Lakes ships, encompassing all periods of ship design and development. A historian first and an artist second, by relying on his technical training and drawing in perspective, through his paintings, McGreevy is able to share the results of his research.