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Recommended web reading. "The Journal of Penrose, Seaman", circa 1770.

I know that this mostly belongs under the recommended reading sticky but this is a little different as it is available on the web (google books) for free. This work is attributed to the author William Williams (a bit redundant eh?) in about the year 1770. The story is much like that of Robinson Crusoe but quite a bit more forward thinking then many works of its time. It is thought that he was shipwrecked off the coast of Nicaragua (from reading it I thought he was somewhere on Cuba).
I read this whole thing in a few days but I doubt that most of you have as much free time on your hands. It is winter (in the northern hemisphere) so I post this now for those who are so inclined to enjoy.
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Bump! You guys with the time should really check this novel novel out.
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Thanks, Celeb, the book really is interesting. The writing style isn't unlike the Jack Aubrey novels ("we were exercising the great guns"), but written by a man of the times.

One sentence I particularly like:

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The Journal of Llewellin Penrose, a Seaman A Seaman By William Williams, John Eagles, Llewellin Penrose, Duke University Library. Jantz Collection. German Americana

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It looks like they also have Richard Henry Dana's "Two years before the mast", as excerpted in Dean King's anthology "Every man will do his duty". First-hand accounts of sea combat (heads carried away by cannonballs & the rest) and sailing in storms, also in Nelson's day - and well written, too.

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I've never used the Google book site before. Is there a way to download a book from that site to a CD disc, so it can be read offline? If so, how?
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Project Gutenberg has thousainds of books available for download.
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and for those interested in on line reference material, and classic works of fiction and non-fiction, I will also suggest you check out Bartleby.com: Great Books Online -- Encyclopedia, Dictionary, Thesaurus and hundreds more which does not offer downloads but is handy.

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I've never used the Google book site before. Is there a way to download a book from that site to a CD disc, so it can be read offline? If so, how?
When I go to the site, there is a column of options on the right side. One of the options is to download the book as a PDF file (15.9 megs in this case). I just did it, and the PDF file is in color and easier to read than the online version. In fact, there is even a thumb of the person scanning in the opening pages.

If we were to/are to cruise with our kids, I'd buy a small fleet of netbooks (redundant arrray of inexpensive devices) and maybe a core boat "server" or at least multiple USB drives with a library of boooks like this. Saving them as PDFs seems perfectly doable.

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Thanks for the Gutenberg link. It seems I had heard about this but never checked it out. There is plenty there to keep me busy while we wait for the thermometer to rise to a level of comfort for outdoor activities.
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Yes, the language is quite a bit like Patrick O'Brian's work. I love the reference to being: "snugly moored in Sot's Bay".
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When I go to the site, there is a column of options on the right side. One of the options is to download the book as a PDF file (15.9 megs in this case).
Hmmm. I don't get that option.
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Hmmm. I don't get that option.
You get the option for the Penrose book, but not for "Two Years Before the Mast." However, I was able to download a copy of "Two Years Before the Mast" from the Gutenberg website.
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