TRAIL BLAZER OF THE SEAS by Jean Lee Latham
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...was Matthew Maury, a Tennessee boy who despite strong family , entered the Navy in the early 1800's and went on to become one of its most valuable servants. His story, steeped in the annals of navigation, responsible sea route control, weather analysis and so forth, shows the seriousness and forethought of Jean Lee Latham's Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, the biography that won the Newhery Award for 1956. Rather than exposition, most of the text is on-the-scene but conversations and characterizations have been planned with close attention to authentic detail and the material that emerges- on young Mat's training as a midshipman, the trip around the Horn that convinced him of the need for planned sea traffic, his later work with the department of charts and instrument, his controversial advocating of Southern sea repair stations- will absorb and delight anyone with an interest.

Pub Date: Sept. 26th, 1956
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin