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Becky Starling’s work for Maury

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Becky Starling of Fredericksburg, Va., led a crusade to restore Matthew Fontaine Maury to grace with the Salem Marine Society in Massachusetts. After he resigned his Navy commission and sided with Virginia, the society turned his picture upside down and turned it to the wall in May 1861. With his wind and sea charts, including whaling, Maury made many of these Yankee traders, like Robert Bennet Forbes, very, very rich. I presented her with a copy of my biography of Maury.

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