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Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

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Series: History, American - Colonial Era
Genres: Chapter Books, Fiction, Non-Fiction
Tags: Ages 12 & Up, Award Winners, Best Sellers, Classics
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Year: 2003

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.

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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 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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