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Two Years Before the Mast is an American classic published in 1840. This is the account of Richard Henry Dana’s two-year adventure as a sailor. Throughout his time sailing around Cape Horn on the brig Pilgrim, Dana kept a diary, and on his return to Massachusetts, he wrote this now-loved classic.

While attending Harvard College, Dana was stricken with measles, which would ultimately have a detrimental effect on his eyesight. Instead of going on a Grand Tour of Europe as most young men did in that era, he decided to work as a sailor, believing the open sea would be good for his health. Born in 1815, Richard Henry Dana was an American lawyer and politician who would become best known for being a champion of the common man.

Public Domain (P)2017 A.R.N. Publications

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Fine narration except that many technical terms (about the ship and boats, predominantly) are pronounced as spelled and not as normally pronounced. If you are at all familiar with their usual use, this may grate on your ear.

Otherwise a thoroughly good narration and a story that remains as interesting now as it was when written about 200 years ago!