Tracks in the Sea: Matthew Foutaine Maury and the Mapping of the Oceans

Paperback | September 15, 2003

byChester G. Hearn

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Navigation at sea was a matter of guesswork until well into the 19th century. Changing that became the obsession of Matthew Fontaine Maury. While others built railroads, Maury mapped highways of wind and current over the seas. Hearn uses Maury's career as a window on America's maritime development in the 19th century, including the clipper-ship era of the 1850s, the rise of steam and steel, and the Civil War.

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Navigation at sea was a matter of guesswork until well into the 19th century. Changing that became the obsession of Matthew Fontaine Maury. While others built railroads, Maury mapped highways of wind and current over the seas. Hearn uses Maury's career as a window on America's maritime development in the 19th century, including the cli...

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The Remarkable Story of a Seafaring Scientist"Tracks in the Sea" captures a rich yet little-known chapter in the history of seafaring--the mapping of the oceans by Matthew Fontaine Maury, the father of modern navigation and ocean science. Voyages in the 1800s were risky endeavors. Navigation was uncertain and knowledge of prevailing wi...

Chester G. Hearn, retired vice president of a subsidiary of Combustion Engineering, is an avid amateur historian and the author of seventeen books about U.S. military history between the American Revolution and World War II.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 15, 2003Publisher:International MarineLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0071427902

ISBN - 13:9780071427906

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Chapter One The Trackless Seas

Chapter Two The Lure of the Sea

Chapter Three The Education of a Sailor

Chapter Four A Thirst for Knowledge Unheeded

Chapter Five Setting the Navy Straight

Chapter Six Tracking the Winds and Currents

Chapter Seven Sailors and Whalers

Chapter Eight The California Clippers

Chapter Nine Disasters and Discoveries

Chapter Ten Organizing the Nations

Chapter Eleven The Indefatigable Investigator

Chapter Twelve Maury's Charts Go to War

Chapter Thirteen Loaves and Fishes

Notes

Index