Gale Force 10: The Life and Legacy of Admiral Beaufort

Gale Force 10: The Life and Legacy of Admiral Beaufort

by NicholasCourtney (Author)

Synopsis

Whilst everone has heard the shipping forecast on the radio, few realize what the numbers refer to. Known as the Beaufort Scale, it has never been bettered and, as a result, never replaced. This lasting legacy of Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort is only part of his overall contribution to the world of the mariner, scientist and antiquarian. This text chronicles the life of this unsung hero whose early years come straight from the pages of "Hornblower" - pirates, wars and royalty - and whose latter life carries on from "Longitude". The story, set at the turn of the 19th century, of this corageous officer who was instrumental to the major discoveries and surveys of his day - not least the voyages of the Beagle and the subsequent fame of Charles Darwin - is told here. Whilst everone has heard the shipping forecast on the radio, few realize what the numbers refer to. Known as the Beaufort Scale, it has never been bettered and, as a result, never replaced.

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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing
Published: 07 May 2002

ISBN 10: 0747272107
ISBN 13: 9780747272106

Author Bio
Nicholas Courtney is a broadcaster, biographer and writer of social history, with bestselling biographies of Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Andrew, inter alia, to his credit.