My co-author, Bob Pratt, and I were working with Paula Esley, the Publisher/Editor of a small history publishing company called History4All Publishing, in Fairfax, VA. The project is an ambitious history of the steam tugboats named Baltimore.
The tugs were formerly owned by the city of Baltimore to oversee Baltimore Harbor. The first Baltimore was built in 1857 by Murray & Hazlehurst, at their Vulcan Works in Baltimore Harbor. The second of the steam tugs named Baltimore was built in 1906 at Skinner Shipbuilding on the south side of the harbor, not far from where the first boat was built. Today, the 1906 Baltimore is owned by the Baltimore Museum of Industry, and is a National Historic Landmark.
However, Ms. Esley has recently withdrawn from the project, after failing to publish the book in a timely manner. I extend my apologies to all who believed, as I did, that the book would be published in time for the Baltimore Book Fair in mid-September 2017. We are all very disappointed.
Bob and I are currently looking for a new publisher for the project. All serious enquiries will be considered. – David W. Wooddell
This US postage stamp drawn by Richard Schlecht was based on the Baltimore.