The Private Journal of William Reynolds

The Private Journal of William Reynolds

United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842


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Paperback
Price
$17.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143039051
  • 336 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

One of the finest nineteenth-century first-person narratives of a sea voyage in existence, and a principle source for Sea of Glory, The Private Journal of William Reynolds brings to life the boisterous world traversed by the six vessels that comprised America’s first ocean-going voyage of discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838–1842. With great eloquence and verve Midshipman William Reynolds describes the harrowing 87,000-mile, four-year circuit of the globe, and relates the story of how the abusive commander of the Ex. Ex., Lieutenant Charles Wilkes, gradually lost the support of his crew. With a seaman’s understanding and an artist’s appreciation for the wild beauty that surrounds him, the Journal is a tour de force combining meticulous observations with a young man’s sense of wonder and, on occasion, terror as he is tossed about by the tremendous seas.
 
The Private Journal of William Reynolds

The Private Journal of William Reynolds

William Reynolds, Editor/introduction: Nathaniel Philbrick, Editor/introduction: Thomas Philbrick

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