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    Re: Carry on, Mr. Bowditch
    From: Steven Tripp
    Date: 2003 Jan 17, 10:25 +0900

    On 1/17/03 3:42 AM, "Fred Hebard"  wrote:
    > Bowditch's book was marketed by emphasizing what was new and
    > different in it; what made it better than its competitors.  Thus
    > there was a natural tendency to elevate his contributions above those
    > of others.  I don't believe his book was translated into foreign
    > languages.
    It is said that John Manjiro translated Bowditch into Japanese but no copies
    survive apparently.
    Manjiro was a Japanese boy rescued in the Pacific by Captain Whitfield of
    Fairhaven, Massachusetts, and raised by him.  Manjiro lived in Fairhaven,
    very near where Joshua Slocum rebuilt Spray, although 50 years earlier, and
    attended the navigation school there.  Occasionally, when Captain Whitfield
    was away, he stayed with Captain Delano, FDR's maternal grandfather.  My
    cousin Job Tripp lived across the street and was Manjiro's best friend.
    Manjiro eventually joined the 1849 Gold Rush and made enough money to buy
    passage back to Japan (although Japan was still closed and he faced a
    possible death penalty for leaving).
    Steve Tripp

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