Our little man is named for Nathaniel Barnes and Nathaniel Bowditch. "Carry on Mr. Bowditch" is an excellent biography by Jean Lee Latham. It is the only book my mom paid us to read. Nathaniel Bowditch did carry on through many trials and wrote the "American Practical Navigator" which was first published in 1802. It is quite fitting that our little Sailor is named after a man who did so much for navigation. By God's providence we purchased a 1977 copy of the "American Practical Navigator" at a thrift store.