With a Zoologist’s Eye

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Mayor published his first zoological article, “Habits of the Box Tortoise” in 1890. At the time he was studying advanced physics at the University of Kansas making it obvious where his real interest lay. [Yes, I know this isn’t a box turtle, but it sure shows Mayor’s skill at rendering animals doesn’t it???] Alligator Terrapin. Chelydra Serpentina by Alfred Goldsborough Mayor. Courtesy of the Mayor Family.

Top image: Alfred Goldsborough Mayor. Courtesy of the Mayor Family.

What happens when a zoologist/biologist applies his powers of observation for studying animals to the study of boats? For Alfred Goldsborough Mayor it meant producing a body of work that has given researchers and museums some of the best historic documentation available on the construction of a variety of Pacific island sailing canoes.   Read more