Man on the Ocean

Af: R. M. Ballantyne



Published in 1863, ‘Man on the Ocean’ is an informative book for children by R.M. Ballantyne all about ships and other vessels used for water travel and transportation. Ballantyne gives details about the history of the early days of water travel, and this informative read also includes chapters on rafts and canoes, ancient ships and navigators, lifeboats and lightvessels, as well as much more. Full of fascinating facts, this is a charming read for all of those with an interest in water transport and its evolution. R.M. Ballantyne (1825-1894) was a Scottish artist and prolific author of mostly children’s fiction. Born in Edinburgh, Ballantyne was the ninth of ten children. At the age of 16 Ballantyne moved to Canada, where he worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company, travelling all over the country to trade for fur. He returned to Scotland in 1847 following the death of his father, and it was then that he began his literary career in earnest, writing over 100 children’s adventure books over the course of his life. Stories such as ‘The Coral Island’ and ‘The Young Fur Traders’ were hugely popular, and many of them drew on his own experiences of travelling throughout Canada. A stickler for detail, Ballantyne continued to travel widely to research the backgrounds and settings for his exciting stories. His tales became an inspiration for authors of the future, including ‘Treasure Island’ novelist Robert Louis Stevenson. Ballantyne spent the latter period of his life living in London and Italy for the sake of his health. He died in Rome in 1894 at the age of 68.

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