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    free read Two Years Before the Mast [Two Years Before the Mast] EBOOK FREE Richard Henry Dana Jr. Í 3 download In a way the best thing for a writer is misfortune In that regard Richard Henry Dana Jr got luckyA 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

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    [Two Years Before the Mast] EBOOK FREE read · eBook or Kindle ePUB Í Richard Henry Dana Jr. 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

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review Two Years Before the Mast Ó eBook or Kindle ePUB Richard Henry Dana Jr. Í 3 download read · eBook or Kindle ePUB Í Richard Henry Dana Jr. O Richard Henry Dana Jr’s Two Years Before the Mast a book about his adventures as an ordinary seaman on a shipIt is also an allusion to my two year commitment to teach though I am only reuired to teach for two years it is rapidly becoming apparent that I want to teach for Two years before the mast edition | Open Two Years before the Mast is but an episode in the life of Richard Henry Dana Jr yet the narrative in which he details the experiences of that period is perhaps his chief claim to a wide remembrance His services in fields other than literary occupied the greater part of his life Dana was a well known and respected lawyer a stalwart abolitionist and an advocate for the rights of Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana Two Years Before the Mast Note See also PG with Introduction by Homer Eaton Keyes Note There is an improved edition of this title eBook Language English LoC Class G Geography Anthropology Recreation Subject Seafaring life Subject Dana R. 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 how Dana records the loss of their first crewman off South America this from a small crew perhaps 15 As soon as they got on deck after the news the sailor s clothes were auctioned No time for sentiment onboard as RHD says Then I recall the great joy of their tea and molasses or after reefing the topsail some grog with rum The weather around Cape Horn was abysmal with big seas and sleet and snow but they were on their way to pick up hides dropped down from the high coast of Santa Barbara Dana observes that if the Californians ever learn to make shoes their services will no longer be reuired shipping hides taking them around Cape Horn to New England to be made into shoes which are then shipped around Cape Horn to be sold to the Californians Dana observes that SpanishCalifornian culture is not workers there are the upper class owners then the servants and slaves of other ethnicities A century earlier John Adams in Galicia observes that the only ones thriving are the clerics of numerous churches convents etc The fear of the captain and mates the appreciation of the cook and his tea the hard work and danger aloft these remain with me fifty years after reading Dana On my only trip to the coast south of LA I did get down to Dana Point CA where I was impressed how the mock up of the brig Pilgrim was even smaller than I envisioned

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review Two Years Before the Mast Ó eBook or Kindle ePUB Richard Henry Dana Jr. Í 3 download read · eBook or Kindle ePUB Í Richard Henry Dana Jr. TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST Trailer YouTube Here's the re release trailer of TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST It's one of my favorite Alan Ladd movies I think it's a classic and I wish it were avail Two Years Before the Mast Rotten Tomatoes Two Years Before the Mast uotes There are no approved uotes yet for this movie Movie TV guides Erotic Movies Coming attractions for you 's Most Anticipated Movies What and when to Two Years Before the Mast Richard Heny Dana Classiues Two Years Before the Mast Two years before the mast were but an episode in the life of Richard Henry Dana Jr; yet the narrative in which he details the experiences of that period is perhaps his chief claim to a wide remembrance His services in other than literary fields occupied the greater part of his life but they brought him comparatively small recognition and many disappointments About | Two Years Before the Class Welcome to Two Years Before the Class What this blog is The title of the blog is an allusion t. By my own reckoning there are 2 books held within the sea tale by Richard Henry Dana Two Years Before The Mast one being a delightful account of the landscapes the people encountered ashore the other a virtually baffling rather overwhelming collection of nautical terminology nomenclature jargon that would have been most familiar to any seaman working on a mid 19th century merchant ship such as the brigantine Pilgrim a two masted suare sailed ship the one that a young Dana shipped out on in August 1834 leaving Boston s harbor bound round the horn of South America for CaliforniaHowever my own version of the book had no helpful commentary footnotes glossary or other aids but having long ago bought a copy of the nicely bound Harvard Classics Edition for 1 at a local library sale after dusting it off I decided to muddle through An interlinear edition of the sort I used for Horace Virgil Cicero while laboring through school Latin would have been most useful Here is just one exampleWe got up tricing lines from the jib boom end to each arm of the fore yard thence to the main cross jack yard arms Between the tops the mast heads from the fore to the main swifter then to the mizzen rigging all directions athwartships tricing lines were run Then the head stays guys spitsail yard were lined we got out the swinging booms to the forward after guys If the weather took hold the royals were clewed up fore aft top gallant yards clewed down the flying jib hauled downAt the risk of putting readers off on reading this classic book I still feel compelled to give fair warning You either skip all of this detail or spend ages attempting to master the inner workings of such a ship Suffice it to say by way of an introduction having entered Harvard Mr Dana contracted measles had a discomforting loss of sight So instead of taking a modified gap year from Harvard by touring Europe in style or joining the French Foreign Legion the young man a certified Boston Brahman signed on to be a merchant seaman ordinary class a voyage that lasted 2years proved to be a growthful experience that affected the rest of his lifeOn board such a ship the work detail is almost constant especially since to save the company money it was understaffed The ship s captain is lord master but like a god with the chief mate akin to a prime minister in charge of men supplies the ship s log while the 2nd mate is looked on as dog s berth or sailors waiter disliked by all There is also a cook a steward who acts as the captain s servant a carpenter a sailmaker The social distance between the captain the crew was extreme something that must have entailed a great adaptation for a well bred Harvard man used to some degree of luxury Dana seems to have headed into all of this with a considerable amount of energy self reliance an ability to assimilate life on board rather uickly Every day a sailor s life hangs in the balance due to freuently shifting weather patterns sometimes unpredictable ropes sails lack of sleep occasional outbreaks of scurvy tightly rationed food water and the relationship among the seaman can make a critical difference One young sailor falls overboard with heavy winter togs unable to swim he perishes Even a sudden misstep by a seaman that brings him close to death while furling sails in treacherous weather is never acknowledged by his mates for a sailor not being free agent is indifferent to the rights of others It is all just part of the job with compassion commiseration in very short supplyThe Pilgrim has been enlisted to sail far around South America via Tierra del Fuego the Drake passage with its severe winds rogue waves seasonal ice snow in order to reach California a most hazardous endeavor but at this time the fur hide trade at various ports in California was still uite lucrative At the point of the voyage California was still Mexican territory but many Americans others were attracted by the lure of gold among other commodities the appeal of the unknown While ferrying back forth along the California coast Dana s ship encounters a ship from Sitka in what was then still Russian Alaska Part of the charm of Two Years Before The Mast comes in considering just how perilous such a voyage was before the Panama Canal was completed modern navigational euipment came to be and also how different America was before Manifest Destiny caused its eventual expansion from the Atlantic to the Pacific Alas the book details a period toward the middle of the 19th century a time when even a Harvard man who believes in the abolition of slavery in America refers to the African American cook as a darkie sees all Mexicans he encounters as shiftless lazy with their color like an Irish man s pig their form of speech a creole drawl while also being untrustworthy knaves Meanwhile Indians Dana meets ashore speak speak a brutish inhuman language and the Irish who found their way to California in an attempt to better their fortunes are described as of low collective intelligence in relation to the number of faces In spite of this seeming aversion to diversity Dana does take a particular very keen interest in a group of Sandwich Islanders he encounters Hawaiians who were then part of Great Britain seems to genuinely embrace them one all calling them the most interesting intelligent kind hearted people I d ever metDana attempts to teach himself Spanish to enhance the trading of tobacco cloth other items for the hides that the ship will transport back to Boston to be rendered into shoes gloves He also learns to sew repairing his own clothes making some new togs from cloth acuired along the way En route to California the captain of Dana s ship becomes irascible and severely flogs both a younger sailor an older Swede who speaks in his shipmate s defense something that gravely offends Dana so much so that when given an opportunity he switches to another much amenable ship the Alert On board the new sailing ship he befriends learns from a man named Tom Harris 20 years at sea but someone with an amazing memory an interest in books The new ship is also due to return to Boston a year sooner than the Pilgrim something that will allow Dana to re enroll at Harvard much soonerThe return trip after 18 months away at that point including a great many weeks ashore salting curing hides for the long transit home proves to be perilous with occasional doldrums but also including a winter southern summer transit of the Horn of S America in the midst of gale force winds fog icebergs snowstorms and then later hurricanes after safely clearing the Horn finally heading north We stood hour after hour until our watch was out During all of this time hardly a word was spoken not a bell was struck the wheel was silently relieved The rain fell in heavy showers we stood drenched blinded by the flashes which broke the Egyptian darkness with a brightness that seemed almost malignant while the thunder rolled in peals the concussions of which appeared to shake the very ocean A ship is not often injured by lightening for the electricity is separated by the great number of points she presents We went below at 4 o clock leaving things in the same state but it is not easy to sleep when the very next flash may tear the ship in two or set her on fire or take the masts downSome but not all seamen do survive such voyages upon his return RH Dana was the toast of his Harvard campus After completing his degree at Harvard writing Two Years Before The Mast gaining a law degree Dana spent a great deal of time representing the cases of common seamen of the sort that he had once been proposing legislation that would benefit them even arguing a case before the US Supreme Court Thus an elite Bostonian once the student of Ralph Waldo Emerson whose own son married Henry Wadsworth Longfellow s daughter who Herman Melville befriended feeling a kind of Siamese link of affection for in time became the benefactor of many he felt were without an advocate His 1840 book 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