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Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 6:30PM

South Street Seaport Museum
Melville Gallery
213 Water Street
New York, NY 10038

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Join the Seaport Museum as William M. Folwer, Jr. discusses his book STEAM TITANS: Cunard, Collins, and the Epic Battle for Commerce on the North Atlantic. In STEAM TITANS Fowler tells the story of a transatlantic fight to wrest control of the globe's most lucrative trade route. Two men—Samuel Cunard for England and Edward Knight Collins for the United States—employed every weapon available to them to compete for control of a commercial lifeline that spanned the North Atlantic. The world watched carefully to see which would win. Using technology, money, secret deals, bribery, and government influence to send the fastest, biggest, and most elegant ships in the world to sea, Cunard and Collins hoped to earn the distinction of being known as “the only way to cross.”

“Steam Titans is a joy of a book—a grand-scale chronicle of an era at sea like no other, written by a master maritime scholar, and with appropriate vitality. High ambition, ingenuity, the advance of technology, money, good luck and bad, and courage aplenty all play their parts here. The book, too, is a most refreshing reminder of how much more there is to history besides politics and war. Bravo, William M. Fowler Jr.” —David McCullough

William M. Fowler, Jr. is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Northeastern University in Boston and has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution, the United States Naval War College, and the Sea Education Association. A trustee of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Association, The Paul Revere Memorial Association, and The Rhode Island Historical Society, Fowler is an honorary member of the Boston Marine Society, as well as an editor of The New England Quarterly.

Talk will be aboard the Seaport Museum's historic ship Wavertree. Go to Pier 16, off of South Street between the end of John Street and Fulton Street. Please wear weather appropriate attire. Books on sale at the event. Access to ship at 6:15 PM.