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Carry On, Mr. Bowditch - Jean Lee Latham
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
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Readers today are still fascinated by “Nat,” an eighteenth-century nautical wonder and mathematical wizard. Nathaniel Bowditch grew up in a sailor’s world—Salem in the early days, when tall-masted ships from foreign ports crowded the wharves. But Nat didn’t promise to have the makings of a... show more
Readers today are still fascinated by “Nat,” an eighteenth-century nautical wonder and mathematical wizard. Nathaniel Bowditch grew up in a sailor’s world—Salem in the early days, when tall-masted ships from foreign ports crowded the wharves. But Nat didn’t promise to have the makings of a sailor; he was too physically small. Nat may have been slight of build, but no one guessed that he had the persistence and determination to master sea navigation in the days when men sailed only by “log, lead, and lookout.” Nat’s long hours of study and observation, collected in his famous work, The American Practical Navigator (also known as the “Sailors’ Bible”), stunned the sailing community and made him a New England hero.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780618250745 (0618250743)
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 251
Edition language: English
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4.0 Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
This is in part the real story of Nathanial Bowditch, a poor New England boy living in post Revolutionary Salem, MA. He is quite intelligent, but instead of getting to go to school, he is indentured out to a chandelry. During his indentured period, he learns many things through self study includin...
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4.0 Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
Nat has every reason to expect that he will be able to attend college and go on to a happy professional life. Then everything is taken away from him. His father has a tragedy at sea and is forced to leave his life as a captain and become a menial worker. His mother dies and his father takes his sorr...
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