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

3.65 avg rating
( 20 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780071427906: Tracks in the Sea: Matthew Fontaine Maury and the Mapping of the Oceans

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 early 1800s were risky endeavors. Navigation was uncertain. Chronometers were a new technology, and only a few navy ships and wealthy merchant vessels carried them. And route planning was a hit-or-miss affair. Knowledge of prevailing winds and currents had advanced little since Columbus. What lore existed was mostly anecdotal. There were no "highways" on the seas, and hundreds of ships were lost each year. The cost in property and lives was enormous. In eighteen years of sustained and inspired labor starting in 1842, drawing on the logbooks of sailing ships from around the world, Maury changed all that. Driving himself and his staff at the U.S. Naval Observatory 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. No less than the invention of the chronometer, the pilot charts and wind and current maps of this self-taught genius from a T

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Chester G. Hearn, retired vice president of a subsidiary of Combustion Engineering, is an avid amateur historian and the author of eleven books about U.S. military history between the American Revolution and the Civil War, mostly for university presses.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Hearn, Chester G.; Hearn, Chester
Published by International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press (2003)
ISBN 10: 0071427902 ISBN 13: 9780071427906
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
First Coast Books
(Eatonton, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New. Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed!. Bookseller Inventory # 081715021

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
11.22
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Hearn, Chester G.; Hearn, Chester
Published by International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
ISBN 10: 0071427902 ISBN 13: 9780071427906
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Broad Street Books
(Branchville, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0071427902 Brand New Book. Bookseller Inventory # 42213

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.08
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Hearn, Chester G.
ISBN 10: 0071427902 ISBN 13: 9780071427906
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. Item doesn't include CD/DVD. Bookseller Inventory # 1693592

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.86
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.12
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Chester G. Hearn
Published by McGraw-Hill Education - Europe, United States (2003)
ISBN 10: 0071427902 ISBN 13: 9780071427906
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description McGraw-Hill Education - Europe, United States, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 2nd. 223 x 145 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.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 early 1800s were risky endeavors. Navigation was uncertain. Chronometers were a new technology, and only a few navy ships and wealthy merchant vessels carried them. And route planning was a hit-or-miss affair. Knowledge of prevailing winds and currents had advanced little since Columbus. What lore existed was mostly anecdotal. There were no highways on the seas, and hundreds of ships were lost each year. The cost in property and lives was enormous. In eighteen years of sustained and inspired labor starting in 1842, drawing on the logbooks of sailing ships from around the world, Maury changed all that. Driving himself and his staff at the U.S. Naval Observatory 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. No less than the invention of the chronometer, the pilot charts and wind and current maps of this self-taught genius from a T. Bookseller Inventory # AAV9780071427906

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
14.16
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Chester G. Hearn
Published by McGraw-Hill Education - Europe, United States (2003)
ISBN 10: 0071427902 ISBN 13: 9780071427906
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description McGraw-Hill Education - Europe, United States, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 2nd. 223 x 145 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. 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 early 1800s were risky endeavors. Navigation was uncertain. Chronometers were a new technology, and only a few navy ships and wealthy merchant vessels carried them. And route planning was a hit-or-miss affair. Knowledge of prevailing winds and currents had advanced little since Columbus. What lore existed was mostly anecdotal. There were no highways on the seas, and hundreds of ships were lost each year. The cost in property and lives was enormous. In eighteen years of sustained and inspired labor starting in 1842, drawing on the logbooks of sailing ships from around the world, Maury changed all that. Driving himself and his staff at the U.S. Naval Observatory 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. No less than the invention of the chronometer, the pilot charts and wind and current maps of this self-taught genius from a T. Bookseller Inventory # AAV9780071427906

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
14.78
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Hearn, Chester G.
Published by International Marine/Ragged Mo (2017)
ISBN 10: 0071427902 ISBN 13: 9780071427906
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description International Marine/Ragged Mo, 2017. Paperback. Book Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # 0071427902

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
12.54
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.33
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Hearn, Chester G.
Published by McGraw-Hill Education - Europe (2003)
ISBN 10: 0071427902 ISBN 13: 9780071427906
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description McGraw-Hill Education - Europe, 2003. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IQ-9780071427906

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
12.77
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.12
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Hearn, Chester G.; Hearn, Chester
Published by International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press (2003)
ISBN 10: 0071427902 ISBN 13: 9780071427906
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0071427902

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
17.42
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Hearn, Chester G.
ISBN 10: 0071427902 ISBN 13: 9780071427906
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
AMAZINGBOOKDEALS
(IRVING, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW. Fast Shipping. Prompt Customer Service. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # 0071427902BNA

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
14.43
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.12
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Hearn, Chester G.
Published by International Marine Publishing (2016)
ISBN 10: 0071427902 ISBN 13: 9780071427906
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description International Marine Publishing, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2016; Not Signed; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Bookseller Inventory # ria9780071427906_lsuk

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
14.22
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.87
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book