Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

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 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 dayswhen 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.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1983.
ISBN: 9780618250745
0618250743
9780395137130
0395137136
Characteristics: 251 p. ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cosgrave, John O'Hara II,1908-1968

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pigswithwings
Aug 01, 2016

This is one of the precious few books that have made it on my all my children must read this book before they leave home list. How to learn, how to work hard, how to make the best of a rotten situation. And it's biographical. Love it!

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sspringer71
Feb 28, 2016

This is the interesting biography of Nathaniel Bowditch, a man not well known but whose work revolutionized sea navigation. The book relates the struggles he faced in life and how he persevered to become a master navigator. Well told and laced with interesting anecdotes, the book is a good read for anyone 10 years and up.

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greenacres
Jan 22, 2014

A fascinating story of Nathaniel "Nat" Bowditch, a young man who studied mathematics, latin and astronomy to eventually write the "American Practical Navigator". This became the shipping standard in the 1800's. I love New England historical fiction!

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aido
Aug 17, 2010

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BarthReding
Mar 11, 2010

The story has lots of tragedy at the beginning that may be difficult to get through but the rest of the story is inspirational, uplifting, and well worth getting to. This is a great book for pre-teen / early teen. I read it to my 10 yr old son and had lots of good conversation around the book.

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