Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea

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In 1834, a young man, recently of Harvard, signed on as a common seaman aboard the brig "Pilgrim" for the perilous voyage around Cape Horn to California. During the next two years he recorded the singulary joys and incredible hardships of a sailor's life in a daily journal that endures as one of the most vivid recreations of life at sea ever published. Conceived as a protest against brutal injustice, written to improve the sailor's working conditions, "Two Years Before the Mast" is a powerful portrayal of the testing of man's courage and endurance.