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  • ISBN: 9780374316990 (hbk.)
  • ISBN: 0374316996 (hbk.)
  • Physical Description: print
    1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Margaret Ferguson Books, Farrar Straus Giroux, [2014]

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General Note: Color map on lining papers.
"Margaret Ferguson Books."
Summary, etc.: Ellen Prentiss's papa said she was born with saltwater in her veins, so he gave her sailing lessons and taught her how to navigate. As soon as she met a man who loved sailing like she did, she married him. When her husband was given command of a clipper ship custom-made to travel quickly, she knew that they would need every bit of its speed for their maiden voyage: out of New York City, down around the tip of Cape Horn, and into San Francisco, where the Gold Rush was well under way. In a time when few women even accompanied their husbands onboard, Ellen Prentiss navigated their ship to set the world record for speed along that route.
Subject: Creesy, Eleanor 1814-1900
Flying Cloud (Clipper-ship)
Women sailors Biography

  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2014 April

    Gr 2–4—In the summer of 1851, the clipper Flying Cloud made the journey from New York City to San Francisco in a record-breaking 89 days and 21 hours despite several setbacks and dangers along the way. Much of the credit for that voyage goes to Ellen Prentiss Creesy, the ship's navigator. Based on the true story of that voyage, this book expertly describes Prentiss's early life, her love for the sea and the science of navigation, her marriage to Captain Perkins Creesy, and their remarkable accomplishment. Readers will find this fictionalized account gripping and inspiring. McCully's excellent watercolor illustrations include a number of period details and add a sense of movement and drama to the already exciting text. An author's note gives the factual background for the story, and a brief glossary serves to familiarize readers with nautical terms. This is a well-executed narrative on a topic that has not received much coverage since Armstrong Sperry's 1936 Newbery Honor book, All Sail Set: A Romance of the Flying Cloud (Winston, 1935).—Misti Tidman, Licking County Library, Newark, OH

    [Page 179]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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