Thursday, September 1, 2011

Two Years Before the Mast

That which was can never be again. After twenty-four years Richard Henry Dana, Jr. returned to the west coast of America to retrace some of the arduous steps he’d made as an ordinary sailor aboard the ship Pilgrim. He found that so much had changed that he could barely recognize some of the places he’d been as a hide collector.

Dana’s original journey started because of difficulties with his eyes as an academic student at Harvard. Like many of his contemporaries, the sea held the possibility of both a cure and high romance.

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