Steering to Freedom
ideas and images for the writing and cover of Steering to Freedom, a new novel about black Civil War hero Robert Smalls, by Patrick Gabridge, now published by…
Steering To Freedom by Patrick Gabrige. In May 1862, Robert Smalls, a slave and ship’s pilot in Charleston, South Carolina, crafts a daring plan to steal the steamship Planter and deliver it, along with, the crew and their families to the Union blockade.
Here's an image of the Keokuk. Robert Smalls piloted this ship into the disastrous Battle of Charleston. The experimental hull on this ship proved no match for the guns of Ft. Sumter.