Phoenix the Fatelful Journey
Written by: John Textor
Tragedy, Survival, and Heroism: The true story of an 1847 odyssey across the Atlantic, up the Hudson River, the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes.
In the 1840s, the New Territories around Lake Michigan were a magnet for both American pioneers and venturesome European immigrants. The fates of both of those passenger groups intermingled aboard the doomed ship Phoenix. This book, a journey through our heritage, describes the passengers, their reasons for travel, and their encounters along the perilous voyage. The reader will share the experiences of the main group during their two-months spent on a sailing ship crossing the Atlantic. From New York, the journey continues on the spectacular Hudson river and the marvelous Erie Canal. Finally, all passengers board thePhoenix for the 1,000 -mile-long cruise from Buffalo, New York to Wisconsin and Illinois ports. The weather is foul but they are sustained by their dreams of free and prosperous lives on their new homesteads.