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The cruise of the Blue Dolphin : a family's adventure at sea

Author: Nina Chandler Murray
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, ©2002.
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It's 1933, during the grimmest days of the Great Depression, and the Chandler family is at a turning point. As Nina Chandler Murray tells us: "They were having troubles. But then all America was having troubles." Her father has been fired, her mother is convinced he is having an affair, and the eldest of her four siblings will soon be leaving home for college. But rather than watch the family shatter, Nina's father  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Nina Chandler Murray; Nina Chandler Murray
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nina Chandler Murray
ISBN: 1585746959 9781585746958
OCLC Number: 51262606
Notes: Maps on lining papers.
Description: x, 306 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1 Rain 1 --
2 Leads to the Blue Dolphin 11 --
3 Initiation Rites: The Hurricane 25 --
4 Rhythmic Routines 42 --
5 First Foreign Port: First Lessons 50 --
6 Our Classical Education Begins 61 --
7 Discovering America 68 --
8 Field Trips and Other Explorations 71 --
9 Love Lessons 77 --
10 We Lay Siege to La Citadelle 81 --
11 Wrinklebelly 92 --
12 City Life Experienced and Rejected 96 --
13 Naval Warfare and Little Rosie 104 --
14 Pa Goes to Jail 111 --
15 Return of the Rescued 116 --
16 The Vast British Empire in Two Short Stops 123 --
17 South America Revisited 132 --
18 Dutch Dichotomies 139 --
19 Letters to Sophie: Panama 144 --
20 Readying For Real Adventures 150 --
21 Ben Gun Revisited 162 --
22 Treasure Lost, Treasure Found 175 --
23 Ghosting Across the Line 185 --
24 A Gam at Tagus 198 --
25 We Learn Manners From the Convicts 211 --
26 The Baroness and Her Lovers 222 --
27 The End of the World 256 --
28 Turtles, Seals, and Sharks 267 --
29 Dig Ten Feet Under 272 --
30 Ornithology Dismissed 276 --
31 Heading Home 279 --
32 More Vicissitudes, But Home at Last 295 --
Epilogue: Ashore 301.
Responsibility: Nina Chandler Murray.
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It's 1933, during the grimmest days of the Great Depression, and the Chandler family is at a turning point. As Nina Chandler Murray tells us: "They were having troubles. But then all America was having troubles." Her father has been fired, her mother is convinced he is having an affair, and the eldest of her four siblings will soon be leaving home for college. But rather than watch the family shatter, Nina's father dreams of taking them (and his mother-in-law, too) on a sailing voyage. And an idea that starts off as a rainy-day diversion on the island of Nantucket turns rapidly into a practicable plan. Convinced he can school his children as well as any elementary education system could, Ralf Chandler takes this opportunity to prove that his family can thrive and prosper on their own terms. And that is exactly what they do. Along the way, they face a hurricane, a few storms, a shark or two, and some not-always-friendly ports of call as they sail down the east coast of the United States, around the islands of the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, into the Pacific, down to the Galapagos, and back home again. Thirteen-year-old Nina is a narrator of wit and vivacity, who introduces us to her rather eccentric father, a paterfamilias of his own unique sort; her mother, the wispy artist with a backbone of tempered steel; her independent grandmother; and three of her siblings, as well as the sailors of the Blue Dolphin. Together, this unlikely crew celebrates the strength of American character and its resiliency, and of the ability of individuals and families to flourish and learn from each other, even in the worst of times.

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