Sea Cows, Shamans, and Scurvy: Alaska's First Naturalist: Georg Wilhelm Steller

Sea Cows, Shamans, and Scurvy: Alaska's First Naturalist: Georg Wilhelm Steller

Sea Cows Shamans and Scurvy Alaska s First Naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller On June Georg Wilhelm Steller set sail from Avacha Bay in Siberia on the St Peter under the command of Vitus Bering The crew was bound for America on the last leg of an expedition whose miss

  • Title: Sea Cows, Shamans, and Scurvy: Alaska's First Naturalist: Georg Wilhelm Steller
  • Author: Ann Arnold
  • ISBN: 9780374399474
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Hardcover
  • On June 4, 1741, Georg Wilhelm Steller set sail from Avacha Bay in Siberia on the St Peter, under the command of Vitus Bering The crew was bound for America on the last leg of an expedition whose mission was to explore, describe, and map Russia s vast lands from the Ural Mountains across Siberia to the Kamchatka Peninsula, and possibly lay claim to the northwest coast ofOn June 4, 1741, Georg Wilhelm Steller set sail from Avacha Bay in Siberia on the St Peter, under the command of Vitus Bering The crew was bound for America on the last leg of an expedition whose mission was to explore, describe, and map Russia s vast lands from the Ural Mountains across Siberia to the Kamchatka Peninsula, and possibly lay claim to the northwest coast of America if they could find it, for no European had ever reached America by this route Officially, Steller was the ship s mineralogist, but in practice he was its doctor, minister, and naturalist as well Appointed to the expedition in 1737 by the Academy of Science in St Petersburg, he was sworn to secrecy concerning any discoveries Making judicious use of Steller s richly detailed journals and liberal use of illustrations and maps, Ann Arnold allows the reader to join Steller on this fascinating voyage and its final dangerous mission, which left half the crew dead and the rest suffering from scurvy.

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    My serch for Steller began when I started to notice how many animals were called 'Steller's' (sea cow, jay, sea eagle, sea lion, etc.) Following up on histories of natural historians is a mixed bag. Some prove elusive (I still haven't found much on Geoffroy), some prove repulsive (Townsend's callous suggestion that he might kill some of the children crowded around him as he wrote, and send their skulls back east still chills me, though I'm pretty sure he wasn't serious; and his brutal bullying o [...]

    This was a very interesting and informative read, although I do have some issues with it. It is listed as a young adult book, but the notes are so extensive that I cannot imagine many young people reading them. Some of that information could have been incorporated into the life story. Still, good to read as truth is stranger than fiction. Just as an aside - I put this and all books away for a few weeks while I was traveling, but while reading the notes long after the main story did not need to g [...]

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