"This work is often termed the greatest book in all navigation history, and it is certainly the chief American contribution to the science of navigation." (Daniel Elliott, Maritime history: a hand-list of the collection in the John Carter Brown Library (1474 to ca. 1860), Providence, RI 2005, p.42).
Intending to write a corrected edition of J.H. Moore's Practical Navigator, Bowditch found that such extensive revisions were necessary that the result was a new work.
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