Being familiar with newer editions of Bowditch and the place Bowditch has with regards to navigation makes looking at the older edition enlightening with regards to what navigators in the past were up against.
This is from the 1883 edition.
PRACTICAL NOTES ON REVOLVING STORMS.*
Art. 351. It is now generally conceded by all who have had opportunity for personal observation, and wh( have given sufficient attention to the subject of Ocean Storms, that the most severe gales met with at sea are wha is commonly known as Revolving Storms, variously called by seamen Hurricanes, Typhoons, Cyclones, &c. according to the locality in which they blow.
The distinctive characteristics of these storms are suflficiently marked to distinguish them from the ordinary straight dine gales that blow; and the following brief practical remarns are intended to assist and enable thl Navigator who may not be familiar with the subject ofrevolving storms, to not only judge of the character of th( coming gale, but also to take timely measures to avoid the dangerous part of it, either by heaving-to on the prope: tack or by running away from it, as the case may be; and also, in particiJar cases where the track of the storm liei in the same direction as the ship’s course, to take advantage of it and lun along with it.
In ih; year 1831 Mr. William Redfield, of New York, after long and careful personal investigation and stud} of the subject, published a yaper, in which he demonstrated that the gales on the American coast were whirlwind^ and had a progressive or forward movement, traveling on curved tracks at a considerable rate, and were traceabh from the West Indies along ihe coast of the United States, curving off to the eastward at some point between thi Bermudas and the banks of Newfoundland.
A text version (with some errors as can be seen) is here: Full text of “The American practical navigator : being an epitome of navigation and nautical astronomy”
Here is an article about Redfield and his “Theory of Storms”: 185th Anniversary of Redfield’s article on hurricane circulation
William C. Redfield c. 1850 (Richardson Publishers, public domain)