Close to the Wind: The Beaufort Scale is a beautifully told and illustrated book by Peter Malone. In this picture book, the author shows, in a journal-type format, how Captain Francis Beaufort of the Royal Navy used a scale that he devised himself for measuring the wind. The reader is taken along on a nautical journey with Captain Beaufort and his crew in 1810, sailing from Naples, Italy to Barbados. As we read from the captain's journal, we see how he uses his carefully graduated scale, the Beaufort Scale, to document and describe his voyage. The Beaufort Scale, finally adopted by the Royal Navy in 1838, is now a means of providing mariners with a clear and precise tool to classify and record the wind's effect on a ship on the open seas. This observation-based scale from 0 (calm waters)to 12(hurricane-type winds) provides sailors with a standard measurement with which to define weather conditions on the ocean. This fascinating book lets us experience an exciting time in nautical history.
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Date read: 7/16/2012