1846: “THO’ THE MOTION IS SWIFT, IT IS VERY PLEASANT,” BOOK EXCERPT FROM CHESTER LYMAN

Connecticut-born Chester Lyman, an astronomer and physics professor at Yale who designed and patented a machine demonstrating how waves move through water, spent a year in Hawaii in 1846 and ’47. This excerpt is from Lyman’s posthumous 1924 book Around the Horn to the Sandwich Islands and California. It has been lightly edited.   *  * …