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The Rattlesnake : a voyage of discovery to the Coral Sea

Author: Jordan Goodman
Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, 2005.
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"Australia's spectacular Great Barrier Reef was a graveyard for shipping. HMS Rattlesnake, an aging British warship, was commissioned in 1846 to survey this magnificent 'Coral Sea' and to produce the first detailed chart of the New Guinea coast. Every reef, every shoal, every rock hazard had to be located and mapped with extreme accuracy. At stake was the preeminence of British sea power - and the ambitions of those  Read more...
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Named Person: Owen Stanley; Thomas Henry Huxley; William MacGillivray
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jordan Goodman
ISBN: 0571210732 9780571210732 0571210783 9780571210787
OCLC Number: 57381396
Description: x, 357 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Jordan Goodman.

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HMS Rattlesnake, an aging British warship, was commissioned in 1846 to survey Australia's Great Barrier Reef and to produce the first detailed chart of the New Guinea coast. At stake was the  Read more...

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"'Absorbing and revealing.' Sir David Attenborough 'Invaluable.' Sarah Wheeler, The Times 'Gripping stuff. So tense it reads more like something from a thriller than a history.' Andrew Taylor, Read more...

 
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