The marine antiquity of the month for October is Erik Heyl’s epic six volume book set titled Early American Steamers.  This set of books remains one of the most important sources for information on the most important US steam vessels built between 1807 and 1870, Heyl’s period of interest.  Heyl create detailed, historically accurate pencil drawings of hundreds of seminal US steam vessels for which he could find historical details, images or descriptions. 

The marine antiquity for the month of November is John Brandt Mansfield’s venerable two-volume History of the Great Lakes published in 1899 by J.H. Beers, Chicago. This massive two volume set, offered in a gilt-decorated, hand-tooled saddle-leather binding, is arguably the most important Great Lakes maritime antiquity ever produced. It is truly mind-boggling in its scope and detail, particularly considering that it was written before the information age, and indeed, before the modern industrial age.