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Two Years Before The Mast Is A Book By The American Author Richard Henry Dana, Jr Written After A Two Year Sea Voyage Starting In While At Harvard College, Dana Had An Attack Of The Measles, Which Affected His Vision Thinking It Might Help His Sight, Dana, Rather Than Going On A Grand Tour As Most Of His Fellow Classmates Traditionally Did And Unable To Afford It Anyway And Being Something Of A Non Conformist, Left Harvard To Enlist As A Common Sailor On A Voyage Around Cape Horn On The Brig Pilgrim He Returned To Massachusetts Two Years Later Aboard The Alert Which Left California Sooner Than The PilgrimHe Kept A Diary Throughout The Voyage, And After Returning He Wrote A Recognized American Classic, Two Years Before The Mast, Published In , The Same Year Of His Admission To The Bar Two Years Before the Mast


About the Author: Richard Henry Dana Jr.

Dana was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on August 1, 1815, into a family that first settled in colonial America in 1640 As a boy, Dana studied in Cambridgeport under a strict schoolmaster named Samuel Barrett, alongside fellow Cambridge native and future writer James Russell Lowell Barrett was infamous as a disciplinarian, punishing his students for any infraction by flogging He also often



10 thoughts on “Two Years Before the Mast

  1. says:

    The utmost was required of every man in the way of his duty Two Years Before The Mast was not always an enjoyable read for me, but overall it was a good one, and maybe even a necessary one Published in 1840, this book is the account of Richard Henry Dana, a Harvard graduate, who spent two years as a regular sailor on a merchant ship in the mid 1830s This text is a slow read at times and often, especial


  2. says:

    In a way, the best thing for a writer is misfortune In that regard, Richard Henry Dana, Jr got lucky.A young Harvard man, he signed on as a common seaman aboard the brig Pilgrim, bound for California from Boston, to help improve his health Had it been smooth sailing over benign seas under a wise and beneficent captain, with good food and a leisurely stay on California beaches, we likely would never have h


  3. says:

    I read part of this in Jr HS, then all of it after I graduated from college my Shakespeare teacher 38 plays in the full year course asked me, as he read it, why so much reference to the lee scuppers For a beginning sailor like me, an easy answer those are the drains that fill because of the heel of the boat away from windward By the way, sailor s usage for going wrong, say gambling blown hard to Lee I recall


  4. says:

    this book is absolutely essential for anyone who has any desire of stepping off the quarterdeck of his historical fiction O Brien novels and heading down to the focs l to hear about sailing traditional ships from the men who were actually sweating lines, heave yo ho ing, and climbing the rigging to furl the royals before a gale dana passes the equator four times over the two years that he is a merchant mariner


  5. says:

    Mr Richard Dana Jr or Dana as his shipmates called him, is a man I would like to know Based on his autobiographical Two Years Before the Mast, a recounting of his 1834 1836, seagoing adventures aboard the Pilgrim outbound and Alert return , Mr Dana was a popular, hard working, man s man able to tell a tale While attending Harvard, he contracted measles weakening his eyesight, choosing to become an o


  6. says:

    This book made me cry multiple times, but not for the direct subject matter I think there were just a few too many references to the California coast described in enough detail that the effect was to pry out long lingering ghosts haunting the coastline of my own isle of denial his descriptions are never quite up to the par of his literary contemporaries, but the detail leaves any California lover desperately lamentin


  7. says:

    Two Years before the Mast is a captivating account of Richard Henry Dana, Jr s service as a common sailor on a voyage from Boston to the California coast in the early 1830s The long expositions on the technical aspects of navigation under canvas may not be of interest to those without familiarity with maritime life, but his personal narrative of daily life aboard a sailing vessel and the work of the cowhide trad


  8. says:

    This book didn t give me the thrill I was hoping for it s not exactly The Perfect Storm A True Story of Men Against the Sea Just as much time is spent on land as at sea, engaged in the hides trade, visiting with Spanish and Indian locals, riding horses, attending wedding fandangoes Dana s writing is missing some vital spark There is also so much sailing and ship equipment terminology that entire paragraphs would go by wher


  9. says:

    This book is, I suppose, something of a family favorite It was a favorite of my father s and became one of mine as well R H Dana was a student at Harvard in the 1830s who, following an illness which compromised his eyesight and forced an extended leave from study, signed on as a rank and file seaman aboard a merchant vessel bound to California via the arduous passage around Cape Horn The book is delightful both as a portrait


  10. says:

    Historically unique and surprisingly readable first person account of life at sea on a merchant vessel 1834 36, sailing from Boston, around Cape Horn and up and down the undeveloped, cowhide disgorging California coast Most versions also include an equally interesting Afterward, in which the now 40something author returns to California in 1859, post statehood and post Gold Rush Having heard the book s title referenced for years,


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