Two Years Before the Mast

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Born into a wealthy New England family in 1815, Dana had a youthful love of adventure. After suffering a severe attack of measles while studying in Harvard he joined the brig, Pilgrim, bound for the California coast, a trip that would last two years.

Join Dana as he departs Massachusetts with a crazed captain and sails south round Cape Horn in South America through the icy waters of Chile towards California. Dana shares something new on every page: whale songs and icebergs, smashing storms, the captain’s violent discipline, the total silence of the sea at night.

  • Author: Richard Henry Dana Jr.
  • Title: Two Years Before the Mast
  • First Published Format: HC
  • First Published Date: 1840

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