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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Hearn, Chester G.
Tracks in the sea.
Camden, Me. : International Marine/McGraw-Hill, c2002
|Named Person:||Matthew Fontaine Maury; M F Maury; Matthew Fontaine Maury; Matthew Fontaine Maury, Geograph.; Matthew Fontaine Maury|
|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Chester G Hearn
|Description:||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.
|Responsibility:||Chester G. Hearn.|
"Maury changed all that. In a brilliant eighteen-year effort between 1842 and 1861 - driving himself and his staff with relentless curiosity, ambition, adventurousness, and altruism - he mapped the oceans' great surface currents and wind systems and showed shipmasters how to shave weeks or months from voyages. His career coincided with the ascendance of America as a maritime power and with the culmination of the Great Age of Sail. In a world interconnected by maritime commerce, Maury's work was critically important not just to America, but to all nations.".
"Tracks in the Sea traces the arc of Maury's remarkable life from his birth in 1806 on a hardscrabble Virginia farm, the seventh of nine children, to a navy career culminating in the superintendency of the newly created U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington. Self-taught and self-made, as passionate in his condemnation of bureaucratic incompetence as he was in his scientific explorations, Maury earned great admirers who would help his career and great enemies who would strive to sabotage it. With the outbreak of the Civil War, he abandoned his life's work to offer his services to his native South.
Though despised by Southern leaders (including Jefferson Davis), Maury contributed the pilot and track charts that played a critical role in the Confederate raiders' destruction of Union shipping."--BOOK JACKET.
- Maury, Matthew Fontaine, -- 1806-1873.
- Oceanographers -- United States -- Biography.
- Oceanography -- History.
- Maury, M. F. -- (Matthew Fontaine), -- 1806-1873.
- Océanographes -- États-Unis -- Biographies.
- Océanographie -- Histoire.
- Maury, Matthew Fontaine -- Geograph.
- United States.