"Candid details of shipboard life and port visits, as well as some of the scientific discoveries seen with an observant laypersons's eye, come to life."Vom Verlag:
Matkin was a young assistant ship's steward on HMS Challenger when it sailed from Portsmith in 1872 for a three-and-a-half-year voyage of scientific exploration; he kept a journal, from which he wrote letters home. The letters, discovered in the early 1980s, provide an intimate look at life aboard;
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