452 pages, B/w illus
The dramatic story of the largest voyage of discovery in the history of the world, and the last such all-sail convoy. Headed by Lt Charles Wilkes, the US Exploring Expedition logged 87,000 miles, surveyed 280 Pacific islands, and created 180 charts - some of which were still being used as late as World War II. The expedition's scientists collected 4000 zoological specimens, including 2000 new species, and thousands of ethnographic artifacts that would become the basis of the Smithsonian Institution.
An unprecedented voyage of discovery by the American Navy that would do for the Pacific Ocean what Lewis and Clark had done for the American West. A perfect subject for a writer with Nat Philbrick's feeling for 19th-century America, his rich prose style, and his abiding love for the sea and for the particular lives of men under sail. IN THE HEART OF THE SEA was a Sunday Times Number One bestseller in hardback and was hugely praised by the critics.
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