Carry On, Mr. Bowditch is the Newbery Award-winning novel based on the life of Nathaniel Bowditch, a man who truly embodies the American dream. From a boy in poverty during the Revolution to a man of wealth, respect, and honor, Bowditch changed the world, and his own life, by nothing but sheer determination...and a fair dose of brilliance.
A quote from the book that had a profound impact on the character of Nat:
"When a ship is becalmed--the wind died down--she can't move--sometimes the sailors break out their oars...oars are made of ash. So--when you get ahead by your own get-up-and-get--that's when you sail by ash breeze."
Some would have said Nat was becalmed when his father indentured him at the age of 12. But he pulled out his oars instead.
If you want to learn more about him, hop over to where I talk about he forever changed the world on Colonial Quills!