I do not know what started my interest in the history of sail on the
Great Lakes. I had little interest in history during my early education.
My teachers, should any survive, would corroborate this. Even though I
do not know how the interest started, I do know how fascinating the
subject became to me. The actors in these various maritime historic
events awakened in a way my history teachers never imagined they could.
What my instructors required me to learn I now learn with close and
vivid intellectual acquaintance with the participants. Further, some of
the early adventurers I came to know would have been total strangers to
those who tried to drive history into me, and into the thick skulls of
other youngsters in their classes.