MAURICE D. SMITH served as the Executive Director of the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes. As a curator he helped develop one of the largest integrated marine history collections in Canada. In his early career he was a professional sailor, in sail. He served as President of the Ontario Museums Association, as the Canadian representative on the Council of the International Congress of Maritime Museums and is currently on the Council of the Canadian Nautical Research Society. Now retired, he lives in Kingston,Ontario, and spends his days writing, consulting and serving the museum as a Curator Emeritus.
With a rich collection of paintings, photographs, and other illustrations from museums and archives across Ontario, Steamboats on the Lakes tells the unique story of the boats, the dangerous waters they plied, and the daring entrepreneurs and hardy sailors who navigated the many rough and glorious passages of the steamships' heyday.