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Hurrah for the Dredge

Richard Hamblyn: The ocean floor, 3 November 2005

Fathoming the Ocean: The Discovery and Exploration of the Deep Sea 
by Helen Rozwadowski.
Harvard, 276 pp., £16.95, April 2005, 0 674 01691 2
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... the chance to secure an immortal reputation? And so, by the middle decades of the 19th century, as Helen Rozwadowski observes, ‘the act of setting sail on the blue water’ had ‘shifted from unfortunate necessity into a heroic undertaking’. Now, the open ocean was no longer a void to be journeyed through as quickly as possible en route to ...

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