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Two Years Before the Mast

Richard Henry Dana

Two Years Before the Mast

A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea (Everyman"s Library)

by Richard Henry Dana

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Published by Dutton Adult .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Modern fiction,
  • Biography & Autobiography / General,
  • Fiction

  • The Physical Object
    FormatHardcover
    Number of Pages346
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL10276913M
    ISBN 10046000588X
    ISBN 109780460005883

    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 crew call him the "sailor's waiter," as he has to furnish them with spun-yarn, marline, and all other stuffs that they need in their work, and has charge of the boatswain's locker, which includes serving-boards, marline-spikes, etc. It is strange that one should be so minute in the description of an unknown, outcast sailor, whom one may never see again, and whom no one may care to hear about; but so it is. He used to hold long yarns with the crew, and talk about the captain, and play with the boys, and relax discipline in every way.

    It is the officers' duty to keep every one at work, even if there is nothing to be done but to scrape the rust from the chain cables. Excellent book on so many levels, not least history. These were the Falkland Islands. It was the first vessel that I had seen near, and I was surprised to find how much she rolled and pitched in so quiet a sea. We let the halyards run, and fortunately were not taken aback. The reader never forgets Dana's Boston background, as he spouts Latin and quotes English poets.

    Tuesday, Nov. I shortly heard the rain-drops falling on deck, thick and fast, and the watch evidently had their hands full of work, for I could hear the loud and repeated orders of the mate, the trampling of feet, the creaking of blocks, and all the accompaniments of a coming storm. He picked out an active and intelligent young sailor, born near the Kennebee, who had been several Canton voyages, and proclaimed him in the following manner: "I choose Jim Hall--he's your second mate. The crew are divided into two divisions, as equally as may be, called the watches. The change from the tight dress coat, silk cap, and kid gloves of an undergraduate at Cambridge, to the loose duck trowsers, checked shirt and tarpaulin hat of a sailor, though somewhat of a transformation, was soon made, and I supposed that I should pass very well for a jack tar. What a read!


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They were both steering westward, and were bound in for our "dear native land. Before leaving this description, however, I would state, in order to show landsmen how little they know of the nature of a ship, that a ship-carpenter is kept in constant employ during good weather on board vessels which are in, what is called, perfect sea order.

More Books by Richard Henry Dana. The little vessel "paid off" from the wind, and ran on for some time directly before it, tearing through the water with everything flying. He is first lieutenant, boatswain, sailing-master, and quarter-master.

I "laid out" on the yards and held on with all my strength. Publication history[ edit ] Facsimile of an original manuscript page of the book in Richard Henry Dana 's hand. I was disappointed in the colors of this fish when dying.

Two Years Before the Mast

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 as well as his son's "Seventy-six Years After," an appendix prepared in Y] 04 Mar I was very anxious, like every new sailor, to speak her.

Writes Morris, "Dana is something more of a poet than either he or his contemporaries were aware; and that his ignorance of this gift was a loss to him as well as to us. I could not have been of much service, for I remember having been sick several times before I left the topsail yard. Upon reaching Staten Island known today as Isla de los Estadosthey know they have nearly come around the Horn.

Two years before the mast is based on the diary Dana kept while at sea. I have seen oakum stuff placed about in different parts of the ship, so that the sailors might not be idle in the snatches between the frequent squalls upon crossing the equator.

Early in the morning she was overhauling us a little, but after the rain came on and the wind grew lighter, we began to leave her astern. Dana expressed gratitude to Robinson for being polite to him, despite Dana not being kind to him in his book. His chapters describing Cape Horn must have been written with an icicle.

They are usually preceded by lightning. If, for instance, the chief mate with the larboard watch have the first night-watch from eight to twelve; at the end of the four hours, the starboard watch is called, and the second mate takes the deck, while the larboard watch and the first mate go below until four in the morning, when they come on deck again and remain until eight; having what is called the morning watch.

Taking off, putting on, and mending the chafing gear alone, upon a vessel, would find constant employment for two or three men, during working hours, for a whole voyage.

Hall, and took up his quarters in the land of knives and forks and tea-cups. We shook our reefs out, one by one, and before midnight had top-gallant sails upon her.

All IP addresses in Germany are blocked. They passed to leeward of us, and out of hailing distance; but the captain could read the names on their sterns with the glass. The men are all dressed in their best white duck trowsers, and red or checked shirts, and have nothing to do but to make the necessary changes in the sails.

Howard da Silva, who had just achieved fame playing Judd in Oklahoma! Here, in Two Years Before the Mast, we see that discovery take place before our eyes, even if the author never fully admits it.

Two Years Before Mast

This ancient custom is now seldom allowed, unless there are passengers on board, in which case there is always a good deal of sport. We see a young man made over by his experience--a patrician who, in his heart, becomes a common sailor, but one who never comes to relinquish his previous social status and persona.

Before I end my explanations, it may be well to define a day's work, and to correct a mistake prevalent among landsmen about a sailor's life.

BethAnne put a lot of effort into this reading including some dramatic reading of dialogue. 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.Mar 22,  · ‎Richard Henry Dana Jr. was an American lawyer, politician, and author who is best known for writing the classic memoir Two Years Before the Mast.

Dana was also notable for being a supporter of fugitive slaves and freedmen. Two Years Before the Mast, published inwas written after Dana's 5/5(1). While there are many books upon the subject of sea life, there are few that can compare with Two Years Before the atlasbowling.com is the story of a sailor's life from the forecastle, not.

In Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea, Richard Henry Dana, Jr., presents a narrative of his two years as a sailor aboard the Pilgrim, trading on the coast of California.

Sep 13,  · Two Years before the Mast appeared inwhile its author was still a law student.

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Though at the time it created no great stir in the United States, it was most favorably received in England, where it paved the way for many pleasant and valuable acquaintances.

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 it4/5. Jun 29,  · User Ratings: Two Years Before the Mast.

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