Two Years Before the Mast

Two Years Before the Mast
Author: Richard Henry Dana (Jr.)
Publisher:
Total Pages: 610
Release: 1911
Genre: Sailors
ISBN:

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. The edition of the book reproduced here includes the chapter "Twenty-four Years After" prepared by Dana to accompany the "author's" edition published in 1869 as well as his son's "Seventy-six Years After," an appendix prepared in 1911.

Two Years Before the Mast

Two Years Before the Mast
Author: Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
Publisher: Modern Library
Total Pages: 546
Release: 2001-10-09
Genre: History
ISBN: 0375757945

Tracing an awe-inspiring oceanic route from Boston, around Cape Horn, to the California coast, Two Years Before the Mast is both a riveting story of adventure and the most eloquent, insightful account we have of life at sea in the early nineteenth century. Richard Henry Dana is only nineteen when he abandons the patrician world of Boston and Harvard for an arduous voyage among real sailors, amid genuine danger. The result is an astonishing read, replete with vivid descriptions of storms, whales, and the ship's mad captain, terrible hardship and magical beauty, and fascinating historical detail, including an intriguing portrait of California before the gold rush. As D. H. Lawrence proclaimed, "Dana's small book is a very great book."

Two Years Before the Mast - a Sailor's Life at Sea

Two Years Before the Mast - a Sailor's Life at Sea
Author: Richard Henry Dana Jr.
Publisher:
Total Pages: 477
Release: 2018-10-10
Genre:
ISBN: 9781728664828

"Unmatchable!" - Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick A true American classic adventure book, Two Years Before the Mast is the true story written by Richard Henry Dana, Jr. about his time at sea as a common sailor. 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. A True American Sailing Adventure Classic!

Two Years Before the Mast

Two Years Before the Mast
Author: Richard Henry Dana
Publisher:
Total Pages: 334
Release: 2013-08-22
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781492224297

Two Years Before the Mast is a remarkable book, part travelogue and part seafaring adventure. A great look at what life was really like on the merchant sailing ships of the first half of the 19th century, Two Years Before the Mast is also part suspense yarn, with the hero's return to his native land in serious doubt due to events beyond his control. Seen through the eyes of young man in his late teens who looks for both a cure for his measles and some real thrills, Richard Henry Dana treats us to his view of the west coast and the Californians as compared to his native, very urban and developed Yankee city of Boston. He finds them very different - but when he first visits San Francisco, the city is a single shack! This book was the guide for the many Americans who headed west for gold 15 years after its publication, too. As such it helped shape their settlement and exploration of the land. Dana's time aboard ship differs hugely from his comfortable home life in Boston. That he was willing to accept this, even embrace it, moves the book from a dry history to a real-life human interest story. His description of the sailing ships of the day involves many terms which few now will understand. Beyond that, the excitement of Two Years Before the Mast makes it a must-read for anyone in search of a young man's quest for real-life thrills at sea and in a new country.

Two Years Before the Mast - A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea

Two Years Before the Mast - A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea
Author: R. H. Dana
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
Total Pages: 366
Release: 2016-03-09
Genre: Sports & Recreation
ISBN: 1473360587

This book is a fascinating and detailed chronicle of over two years spent in the American merchant service during the early 1800s. Written as a journal, it depicts the adventures and vicissitudes of a young sailor travelling from Boston around Cape Horn and on to the west coast of North America. Brought to life with a vividness that belies its age, “Two Years Before the Mast” is highly recommended for lovers of adventure writing and those with an interest in nautical history. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.

Two Years Before The Mast A Personal Narrative Of Life At Sea

Two Years Before The Mast A Personal Narrative Of Life At Sea
Author: Dana Richard Henry
Publisher:
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2023-07
Genre:
ISBN: 9789358592269

Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea' is an enchanting memoir written by Richard Henry Dana, Jr., an American lawyer, and author. The book provides a vivid and firsthand account of Dana's experiences as a common sailor aboard a merchant ship during the early 19th century. Furthermore, the book offers valuable insights into the social and economic conditions of the time, highlighting the labor exploitation faced by sailors and the power dynamics aboard ships. Dana's observations on the natural world and the maritime landscapes add depth to the narrative, painting a vivid picture of the awe-inspiring yet perilous environments he traverses. This book is not only a gripping adventure tale but also a significant historical document that sheds light on the realities of maritime life and the hardships endured by seafarers. It remains a timeless classic, captivating readers with its rich storytelling and providing a unique perspective on the maritime history of the United States.