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Stretch on the River

Stretch on the River

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Author Richard P. Bissell

Minnesota Historical Society Press (October 15, 1987)


In this largely autobiographical story, the lively and nonstop dialogue portrays the excitement, humor, and independence of a hard-working steamboat crew on the upper Mississippi.

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Richard Bissel (1913-77) learned about the pleasures and dangers of towboating on the Mississippi during eight years as deckhand, mate, and pilot. A Harvard graduate, he left the river in 1945 to manage his family's business in Dubuque, Iowa, and to become an author of national acclaim.

  • 256 pages
  • 5.375 x 8 inches
  • ISBN: 9780873512206

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