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The Seashore Book

E. Boyd Smith

Book Overview: 

In his second picture book about Bobby and Betty, Smith takes the children to Quohaug [or Quogue, as it is more commonly spelled today], on the Long Island shore, for an eventful summer vacation. With the avuncular Captain Ben Hawes as their knowledgeable guide, the children visit a boatyard and a sail maker's shop, witness the launch of one of the last great square-rigged ships, go clam digging, and learn to swim.

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He told them all about the different craft they passed, the fishermen, the coal barges, the tramp steamers, how they sailed and where they went to, and now, finding them such good listeners, for the Captain liked to tell about ships and the sea, he launched forth into a general history of things connected with sea life, from the first men, long, long ago, who began poling about on rafts, to the coracle, and the dugout. The dugouts were canoes hollowed out of tree trunks.

"Down in the South Seas the savages still make them; I've seen them many a time," he explained; "and of course you've heard of our Indians' birchbark canoes."

By and by the use of sails had developed, and boats and ships grew bigger, and now the day of the steamboat had come.

"Now, I want you to know all about boats and ships," he added; "I'll take you to the yards to-morrow, if it's fine, and show you how they make them, so that when you go b. . . Read More