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BEAUFORT OF THE ADMIRALTY - The Life of Sir Francis Beaufort 1774-1857

Friendly, Alfred

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ISBN 10: 0394417607 / ISBN 13: 9780394417608
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New York, Random House, 1977, US first edition, hard bound in dust jacket, FINE/FINE CONDITION, ( dj price clipped), 6 1/2 x 9 1/2, 362 pages. 11 Illus., 2 Maps,notes, bibliog., index.----------------------------------------------------------------- To yachtsmen, the name "Beaufort" signifies the international scale of wind forces. To cryptographers, it identifies a famous cipher. Yet these inventions only inadequately represent the tremendous accomplishments of one of the nineteenth century's most gifted and complex figures. For Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort's greatest achievements were the revitalization of the Hydrographic Office and the perfecting of the Admiralty Chart, a standard for accuracy from the 1830s to the present day. Some of his own surveys, made more than 160 years ago, are still the official authority.----------------------------------------------------------------- Virtually self-educated (he left school at fourteen), Beaufort eventually became Hydrographer of the Admiralty after adventurous service in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars; he suffered nineteen wounds in capturing an enemy vessel from under the guns of a Spanish fortress, and came close to death again from a fanatic's bullet while surveying the Turkish coast.------------------------------------------------------------------------- He remained head of the Hydrographic Office longer than any man before or since, building it into the finest chart-making and maritime-science center of its age, and forming alliances with such great scientists as Herschel, Airy and Babbage. (It was through Beaufort's connections with the Cambridge scientists that Darwin was selected to sail as "savant" on the Beagle.) The great observatories at Greenwich and the Cape of Good Hope came under his administration. For eight years he presided over the Arctic Council in its searches for Sir John Franklin, lost on his last polar voyage to discover the Northwest Passage. Over a period of a quarter of a century Beaufort directed the most ambitious maritime explorations and experiments of the period.Beaufort's career was one of struggle, of alternating episodes of triumph and despair; his was also the classic case of the evil of the "interest" system of naval promotions: for long years he was denied the advancement he deserved, until the injustice done him became notorious among his fellow officers. N° de ref. de la librería 28438

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