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Two years before the mast

Author: Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
Publisher: New York : Mayflower Books ; London : Macmillan, [1980, ©1911]
Series: Facsimile classics series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Richard Henry Dana (1815-1882) of Boston left his studies at Harvard in 1834 in the hope that a sea voyage would aid his failing eyesight. He shipped out of Boston as a common seaman on board the brig Pilgrim bound for the Pacific, and returned to Massachusetts two years later. Completing his education, Dana became a leader of the American bar, an expert on maritime law, and a life-long advocate of the rights of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Sea stories
Biography
Named Person: Richard Henry Dana, Jr.; Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
ISBN: 0831788895 9780831788896 1560320303 9781560320302 1560320311 9781560320319 156032032X 9781560320326
OCLC Number: 6581781
Notes: Reprint of the ed. published by Macmillan, New York.
Description: viii, 415 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
Series Title: Facsimile classics series.
Responsibility: by Richard Henry Dana, Jr. ; illustrated by Charles Pears.

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Richard Henry Dana (1815-1882) of Boston left his studies at Harvard in 1834 in the hope that a sea voyage would aid his failing eyesight. He shipped out of Boston as a common seaman on board the brig Pilgrim bound for the Pacific, and returned to Massachusetts two years later. Completing his education, Dana became a leader of the American bar, an expert on maritime law, and a life-long advocate of the rights of the merchant seamen he had come to know on the Pilgrim and other vessels. Two years before the mast (1911) is based on the diary Dana kept while at sea. First published in 1841, it is one of America's most famous accounts of life at sea. It contains a rare and detailed account of life on the California coast a decade before the Gold Rush revolutionized the region's culture and society. Dana chronicles stops at the ports of Monterey, San Pedro, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Santa Clara. He describes the lives of sailors in the ports and their work of hide-curing on the beaches, and he gives close attention to the daily life of the peoples of California: Hispanic, Native American, and European.

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