Two Years Before The Mast - A Personal Narrative Of Life At Sea

Years sooner than the Mast is a publication through the yankee writer Richard Henry Dana, Jr., written after a two-year sea voyage beginning in 1834 and released in 1840. it truly is of notice that he didn't got down to write Years prior to the Mast as a sea event, yet to focus on how poorly universal sailors have been taken care of on ships. It speedy turned a most sensible vendor.

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Whilst off Cape Horn, they're approximately over head. The pass consists of 4 stars in that shape, and is related to be the brightest constellation within the heavens. throughout the first a part of at the present time (Wednesday) the wind used to be mild, yet after midday it got here on clean, and we furled the royals. We nonetheless saved the studding-sails out, and the captain stated he may still move around with them, if he may well. ahead of 8 o’clock (then approximately sun-down, in that range) the cry of “All palms ahoy! ” was once sounded down the fore scuttle and the after hatchway, and hurrying upon deck, we came upon a wide black cloud rolling on towards us from the south-west, and blackening the full heavens. “Here comes Cape Horn! ” stated the manager mate; and we had hardly ever time to haul down and clew up, prior to it was once upon us. In a couple of moments, a heavier sea used to be raised than I had ever visible prior to, and because it was once at once forward, the little brig, which used to be no higher than a showering computer, plunged into it, and the entire ahead a part of her used to be less than water; the ocean pouring in throughout the bow-ports and hawse-hole and over the knight-heads, threatening to scrub every thing overboard. within the lee scuppers it used to be as much as a man’s waist. We sprang aloft and double reefed the topsails, and furled the entire different sails, and made all comfortable. yet this is able to now not do; the brig was once laboring and straining opposed to the pinnacle sea, and the gale used to be growing to be worse and worse. whilst sleet and hail have been riding with all fury opposed to us. We clewed down, and hauled out the reef-tackles back, and close-reefed the fore-topsail, and furled the most, and hove her to at the starboard tack. the following used to be an finish to our positive clients. We determined to move winds and chilly climate; despatched down the royal yards, and unrove the apparatus; yet all of the remainder of the pinnacle bog down remained aloft, even to the sky-sail masts and studding-sail booms. in the course of the evening it stormed violently—rain, hail, snow, and sleet beating upon the vessel—the wind carrying on with forward, and the ocean operating excessive. At day-break (about 3, A. M. ) the deck was once lined with snow. The captain despatched up the steward with a tumbler of grog to every of the watch; and for all time that we have been off the Cape, grog used to be given to the morning watch, and to all palms every time we reefed topsails. The clouds cleared away at sun-rise, and the wind changing into extra reasonable, we back made sail and stood approximately as much as our direction. Thursday, Nov. sixth. It persevered extra friendly in the course of the first a part of the day, yet at evening we had an identical scene another time. This time, we didn't heave to, as at the evening prior to, yet endeavored to overcome to windward less than close-reefed topsails, balance-reefed trysail, and fore top-mast staysail. tonight it used to be my flip to guide, or, because the sailors say, my trick on the helm, for 2 hours. green as i used to be, I made out to guide to the delight of the officer, and neither Stimson nor myself gave up our tips, for all time that we have been off the Cape. This used to be whatever to boast of, for it calls for a great deal of ability and watchfulness to lead a vessel shut hauled, in a gale of wind, opposed to a heavy head sea.

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