Ambassador to the Penguins: A Naturalist's Year Aboard a Yankee Whaleship

David R. Godine Publisher, 2003 - 353 pagina's

In 1912, a young naturalist named Robert Cushman Murphy was offered the opportunity of a lifetime - to spend a year on one of the last Yankee whaleships out of New Bedford, on a voyage to the Antarctic. During the voyage, Murphy not only collected specimens and took photographs, developing them in seawater, but kept a journal that was later published and became a bestseller. Now, Eleanor Mathews, his granddaughter, has now taken Murphy's diary and supplementing it with his own original photographs, to present this fascinating story for modern readers. As a portrait of seafaring life, of the whaling industry still under sail, and an account of a natural history expedition, it is a unique window into a vanished time.


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In 1912, Robert Cushman Murphy from Long Island, a young budding naturalist who is working for The American Museum of Natural History, sees his longtime dream come true; a chance to travel to distant ... Volledige review lezen

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Riveting book. The author, the granddaughter of Robert Cushman Murphy, a naturalist with the American Museum of Natural History, has taken his memoirs of the year (1912) he spent aboard one of the ... Volledige review lezen

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Eleanor Mathews holds a degree in geography from the University of Washington, with emphasis on cartography and graphic arts. She is an author of fiction and nonfiction works including The Linden Tree (winner of the 2007 Milkweed Editions Prize for Children's Literature) and a memoir, The Ungarnished Truth, A Cooking Contest Memoir about winning the Pillsbury Bake-Off. She is the granddaughter of Robert Cushman Murphy whose diary, photographs, and other writings are the basis of Ambassador to the Penguins.

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