|aCarry on, Mr. Bowditch /|cby Jean Lee Latham ; illustrated by John O'Hara Cosgrave, II.
|aNew York :|bHoughton Mifflin Company,|cc1983.
|a251 p. :|bill. ;|c21 cm.
|aOriginally published in 1955.
|aAfter finding a way to teach the ship's crew members to understand navigation, Nat, a self-taught mathematician and astronomer in eighteenth-century Salem, Massachusetts, writes down his explanations and compiles them into "The American Practical Navigator," also known as the "Sailors' Bible.".
|aNewbery Medal, 1956.
|aBowditch, Nathaniel, 1773-1838--Fiction.
|aSalem (Mass.)--History--18th century--Fiction.
|aCosgrave, J. O'H.,.|cII|q(John O'Hara),|d1908-1968.
Newbery Medal WinnerReaders today are still fascinated by ＂Nat,＂ an eighteenth-century nautical wonder and mathematical wizard.Nathaniel Bowditch grew up in a sailor’s world--Salem in the early days, when tall-masted ships from foreign ports crowded the wharves. But Nat didn’t promise to have the makings of a sailor; he was too physically small.Nat may have been slight of build, but no one guessed that he had the persistence and determination to master sea navigation in the days when men sailed only by ＂log, lead, and lookout.＂ Nat’s long hours of study and observation, collected in his famous work, The American Practical Navigator (also known as the ＂Sailors’ Bible＂), stunned the sailing community and made him a New England hero.