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Two Years Before the Mast is an 1840 memoir by the author Richard Henry Dana. A Harvard graduate, he spent the years 1834 to 1836 as a sailor on a merchant ship on a voyage from Boston to California. The journey took them past Cape Horn on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago where the Pacific and Atlantic oceans meet.

Dana provides detailed descriptions of ship life and the technical aspects of sailing. A chapter on California and its inhabitants offers valuable historical insights on the state which was then a foreign land.

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2yrs b4 mast

seemed a little too fast and needing pauses, inflection, changes of pace, modulation otherwisr, enjoyable

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reality beats fiction

I loved this book. is a real and accurate glimpse into an other time and life. It has started me looking for more historical journals to read