Two Years Before the Mast
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: December 2010
Duration: 16 hours 34 minutes
Richard Henry Dana referred to this book as 'a voice from the sea.' It is a book which influenced Conrad and Melville, and it has become a maritime classic which has inflicted legions of men with a passion for the sea.
Dana, a law student turned sailor for health reasons, sailed in 1834 on the brig Pilgrim for a voyage from Boston around Cape Horn to California. (Hence Dana Point was named). Drawing from his journals, Two Years Before the Mast gives a vivid and detailed account, shrewdly observed and beautifully described, of a common sailor's wretched treatment at sea, and of a way of life virtually unknown at that time.
'Possesses'the romantic charm of Robinson Crusoe.''Ralph Waldo Emerson