Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham

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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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Jean Lee Latham was born in 1902 in Buckhannon, West Virginia. At an early age, she became a prolific writer, penning works of fiction and nonfiction, as well as theater scripts. Ever since its debut, Carry On, Mr. Bowditch has acquired an intrigued group of sea-loving fans.
Published May 19, 2003 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 256 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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A readable biography of the man who was scarcely out of his teens before he had written the authoritative book on navigation still used at Annapolis takes Nathaniel Bowditch from a childhood in Salem through a good part of a successful seafaring career.

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The 1956 Newbery Medal winner, Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham, is a fictionalized biography of the great American navigator Nathaniel Bowditch, whose 1802 book, The American Practical Navigator, became known as the ""Sailor's Bible."" This edition features new jacket art and the or...

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