Captain William Dampier
(8 Jun 1652 - Mar 1715)
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
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.
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- William Dampier, Seaman, Scientist, by Joseph C. Shipman. - book suggestion.