In the Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Maritime Industry, author Kenneth J. Blume provides a convenient survey of this important industry from the colonial period to the present day: from sail to steam to nuclear power. This concise new reference work captures the key features of overseas, coastal, lake, and river shipping and industry. An introduction provides an overview of the industry while the dictionary itself contains more than four hundred cross-referenced entries on ships, shipping companies, famous personalities, and major ports. A number of appendixes, including statistics on foreign trade, maritime disasters, famous ships, and major ports, supplement the dictionary, and a comprehensive bibliography leads the researcher to further sources.
Kenneth J. Blume is a specialist in 19th century U.S. maritime, naval, and diplomatic history. He holds a Ph.D. from SUNY-Binghamton and is professor of history in the Department of Humanities and Communication, School of Arts and Sciences, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He is also the author of Historical Dictionary of U.S. Diplomacy from the Civil War to World War I (Scarecrow, 2005) and The A to Z of U.S. Diplomacy from the Civil War to World War I (Scarecrow, 2010).