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Two Years Before the Mast (Classics Club)
Two Years Before the Mast - Classics Club Author:Richard Henry Dana, Jr. On the 14th of August, 1834, a Boston youth just turned nineteen shipped aboard the brig Pilgrim, bound for California by way of Cape Horn. — A gentleman, and the son of a famous father, the lad was determined not to take the voyage as a privileged passenger -- but as a common sailor. Fighting for survival in mountainous seas through the worst of... more » storms; enduring harsh treatment and, sometimes, contempt; coping with the most primitive living conditions -- for none of these had the youthful mariner's two years at Harvard prepared him.
But during that eventful voyage young Richard Henry Dana, Jr. acquired an indomitable love of the sea. Upon his return home he wrote an account of his trip, based on the remarkable journal he had kept, and which he entitled Two Years Before the Mast.
This was born the unforgettable saga of great ships under sail, more exciting than any fiction, that has thrilled generations of readers -- the story of high adventure that surpasses all others as, in Carl Van Doren's tribute, "that incomparable classic of the sea."« less