Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

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Age of Revolutions

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
Author: Latham, Jean Lee
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Time Period: Age of Revolutions
Time Frame: 1773-1838
Geographic Area: North America
Country: United States
Topics: Nathaniel Bowditch, Sea Travel
Genre: Fiction, Biography
Reading Age: Upper Middle Grade
Format: Chapter Book
Published: 1955 Grade

American History > Age of Revolutions

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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