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Captain William Dampier
(8 Jun 1652 - Mar 1715)

English navigator who experienced what he called a 'tuffoon' whirlwind storm off the coast of China on 4 Jul 1687. His published description of this typhoon is one of the earliest known from a European.


Science Quotes by Captain William Dampier (1 quote)

Typhoons are a sort of violent whirlwinds. Before these whirlwinds come on... there appears a heavy cloud to the northeast which is very black near the horizon, but toward the upper part is a dull reddish color. The tempest came with great violence, but after a while, the winds ceased all at once and a calm succeeded. This lasted... an hour, more or less, then the gales were turned around, blowing with great fury from the southwest.
— Captain William Dampier
from A New Voyage Round the World (1697)
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Quotes by others about Captain William Dampier (1)

It is not easy to name another Voyager or Traveller who has given more useful information to the world; to whom the Merchant and Mariner are so much indebted; or who has communicated his information in a more unembarrassed and intelligible manner. And this he has done in a style perfectly unassuming, equally free from affectation and from the most distant appearance of invention.
Describing Captain William Dampier in A Chronological History of the Voyages and Discoveries in the South Sea or Pacific Ocean: Vol. 4(1816), 486. [A similar quote found on the web is β€œIt is not easy to name another sailor who has supplied such valuable information to the world; he had a passion for reporting exactly as he saw it, with a delicate and perfect style; he felt an unending curiosity that made his accounts have a unique delicate touch.” For this, Webmaster has so far not identified it in a primary source by Burney. Please contact if you know it. β€”Webmaster.]
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