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Felix Riesenberg (1879–1939) was an American maritime officer and writer of maritime professional, historical, and fictional literature.

He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and later attended the New York Nautical School graduating in the class of 1897. Afterward, he secured a position as a deck officer in the merchant marine, being part of the Coast and Geodetic Survey and also serving in the Naval Reserve until 1909. Riesenberg was hired by Walter Wellman to be a part of the support crew in an unsuccessful attempt to reach the North Pole by airship in the summer of 1906. He was rehired by Wellman the following year to be the navigator aboard the three man airship America in a second failed attempt to reach the North Pole in 1907.

After this, Riesenberg enrolled and graducated from the Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science in 1913. He worked as a civil Engineer for New York State from 1913 to 1915 and then again from 1920 to 1922. In the interim, he was the Chief Officer of the United States Shipping Board. He was also the superintendent of the New York Nautical School on two occasions, from 1917 to 1919 and again from 1923 to 1924.

He was a prolific author, publishing a textbook, Standard Seamanship for the Merchant Service that became commonly used, as well as several maritime historical works and novels. He wrote several articles that appeared in the magazine The Nation.

Riesenberg died 19 November 1939 in Scarsdale, New York and after a funeral service held in Bronxville his ashes were scattered at sea.

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  Under Sail A Boy's Voyage Around Cape Horn

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