Tracks in the Sea

Matthew Fontaine Maury and the Mapping of the Oceans
Hearn, Chester G. (Book - 2002)
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In 1840, Matthew Fontaine Maury became the first superintendent of the US Naval Observatory, where he began his life's work mapping the great ocean routes and providing sailing directions for navigators the world over. This book uses his career as a window on 19th-century maritime history: the ascendancy of the US as a maritime power; the brief, but glorious, clipper-ship era of the 1850s; the rise of steam and steel; and the Civil War and the destruction of the US merchant fleet.
Authors: Hearn, Chester G.
Title: Tracks in the sea
Matthew Fontaine Maury and the mapping of the oceans
Published: Camden, Me. : International Marine/McGraw-Hill, c2002.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: ix, 278 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm.
Contents: Trackless seas
Lure of the sea
Education of a sailor
Thirst for knowledge unheeded
Setting the navy straight
Tracking the winds and currents
Sailors and whalers
California clippers
Disasters and discoveries
Organizing the nations
"Indefatigable investigator"
Maury's charts go to war
Loaves and fishes.
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 0071368264
Branch Call Number: 551.46 HEA
Statement of Responsibility: Chester G. Hearn
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-273) and index.
Subject Headings: Maury, Matthew Fontaine, 1806-1873. Oceanographers United States Biography. Oceanography History.
Topical Term: Oceanographers
LCCN: 2002007004
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