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Two Years Before the Mast

A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea

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Paperback published by Modern Library (Random House Publishing Group)

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A Breathtaking adventure of the high seas—and a true story

In 1834, Richard Henry Dana went from Harvard student to common seaman, sailing from California to Cape Horn. This journal survives as one of the most vivid accounts of the relationship between man and sea—and still rings true as a portrayal of man’s endurance.
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A Breathtaking adventure of the high seas—and a true story

In 1834, Richard Henry Dana went from Harvard student to common seaman, sailing from California to Cape Horn. This journal survives as one of the most vivid accounts of the relationship between man and sea—and still rings true as a portrayal of man’s endurance.
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Paperback (544 pages)
Published: October 9, 2001
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Imprint: Modern Library
ISBN: 9780375757945
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