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Close to the wind : the Beaufort scale

Author: Peter Malone
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Juvenile audience : English
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Explains how the Beaufort scale is used to measure the force of the wind especially at sea. In 1810, a British naval officer and surveyor named Francis Beaufort developed a scale to give sailors a common language for describing the wind. From 0 (calm) to 12 (hurricane), stunning artwork and jaunty prose show what life at sea must have been like for a young boy serving as a midshipman in the 1800s. As William sails  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Juvenile works
Juvenile literature
Material Type: Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Malone
ISBN: 9780399243998 0399243992
OCLC Number: 62897295
Awards: Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2008.
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, 2008.
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 x 28 cm.
Responsibility: Peter Malone.
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Explains how the Beaufort scale is used to measure the force of the wind especially at sea. In 1810, a British naval officer and surveyor named Francis Beaufort developed a scale to give sailors a common language for describing the wind. From 0 (calm) to 12 (hurricane), stunning artwork and jaunty prose show what life at sea must have been like for a young boy serving as a midshipman in the 1800s. As William sails from Naples to the Caribbean, we learn intriguing historical information and nautical terminology, and witness how the wind affected day-to-day life on a ship. Detailed illustrations show the wind at work, and readers will be engrossed and fascinated as they watch the storm develop in magnificent full-color paintings.

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