Bowditch, Nathaniel, House

9 North St., Salem, Massachusetts

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Description 

From 1811-23, this structure was the home of Nathanial Bowditch, who effected great advances in navigation and helped bring European mathematics to America. He uncovered 8,000 errors in an 1800 English volume, "The Practical Navigator," and two years later published "The New American Practical Navigator." This volume supplanted the older work as a standard manual for seamen the world over. For years afterward sailors left port armed with a "Testament, a Bowditch, a quadrant, a chest of sea clothes, and a mother's blessing." -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, January 12, 1965

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
66000135
Architectural style
Federal
Areas of significance
Science; Invention
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Government office
Period of significance
1800-1824
Significant years
1811; 1823

Update Log 

  • February 4, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett

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