chapter  2
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Scientists writing and knowing the ocean


This connection between writing and voyaging is something that literature scholars have thought about for a long time. Robert Foulke, for instance, has written about sea voyage narratives, which reflect a fusion of literature and history. 1 The physical act of voyaging becomes a platform for imaginative exploration, inward as much as outward. And the experience of voyaging, in turn, provides an avenue for the sea to influence people by shaping voyagers’ sense of time and space and also their interactions with fellow travelers within the confines of the ship.