The Annotated Two Years Before the Mast

The Annotated Two Years Before the Mast
Author: Richard Henry Dana
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 406
Release: 2013-11-07
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781574093193

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Two Years Before the Mast is a classic travel narrative which inspired canonical works like Moby Dick and Sailing Alone Around the World. As he follows Richard Henry Dana (a Harvard dropout-turned-sailor) on his voyages around North America (encountering racial injustices and struggling through the battered life of a foremast crewman), Rod Scher annotates his tale with critiques, compliments, tie-ins to today, and little-known facts about both the book and the milieu of Dana’s time.

Two Years Before the Mast

Two Years Before the Mast
Author: Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 407
Release: 2009
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 0451531256

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Presents a personal narrative of life aboard an American merchant ship in the 1830s.

20 YEARS BEFORE THE MAST PB

20 YEARS BEFORE THE MAST PB
Author: Charles Erskine
Publsiher: Smithsonian Inst Press
Total Pages: 311
Release: 1985
Genre: Seafaring life
ISBN: UCSD:31822002419158

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In 1838, seaman Charles Erskine joined the exploring expedition of Charles Wilkes who was setting out on a voyage of discovery around the world. Here he shares his adventures as a sailor as he traveled to unexplored regions of the world.

Two Years Before the Mast

Two Years Before the Mast
Author: Richard Henry Dana
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 190
Release: 2008-12-22
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 1441405402

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Two Years Before the Mast is a book by the American author Richard Henry Dana, Jr., written after a two-year sea voyage starting in 1834 and published in 1840. While at Harvard College, Dana had an attack of the measles which affected his vision. Thinking it might help his sight, Dana, rather than going on a Grand Tour as most of his fellow classmates traditionally did (and unable to afford it anyway) and being something of a non-conformist, left Harvard to enlist as a common sailor on a voyage around Cape Horn on the brig Pilgrim. He returned to Massachusetts two years later aboard the Alert (which left California sooner than the Pilgrim). He kept a diary throughout the voyage, and, after returning, he wrote a recognized American classic, Two Years Before the Mast, published in 1840, the same year of his admission to the bar.

Slavish Shore

Slavish Shore
Author: Jeffrey L. Amestoy
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 397
Release: 2015-08-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780674495326

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In 1834 Harvard dropout Richard Henry Dana Jr. became a common seaman, and soon his Two Years Before the Mast became a classic. Literary acclaim did not erase the young lawyer’s memory of floggings he witnessed aboard ship or undermine his vow to combat injustice. Jeffrey Amestoy tells the story of Dana’s determination to keep that vow.

Moby Dick

Moby Dick
Author: Herman Melville
Publsiher: BookRix
Total Pages: 834
Release: 2022-02-01
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9783736800748

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Moby Dick is a novel by American writer Herman Melville. The work is an epic sea story of Captain Ahab's voyage in pursuit of Moby Dick, a great white whale. A contemporary commercial failure and out of print at the time of the author's death in 1891, its reputation rose during the twentieth century. D.H. Lawrence called it "the greatest book of the sea ever written." Jorge Luis Borges praised the style: "Unforgettable phrases abound." Today it is considered one of the Great American Novels and a leading work of American Romanticism. The opening line, "Call me Ishmael," is one of the most recognizable opening lines in Western literature. Ishmael then narrates the voyage of the whaleship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ahab has one purpose: revenge on Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white whale which on a previous voyage destroyed Ahab's ship and severed his leg at the knee. The detailed and realistic descriptions of whale hunting and the process of extracting whale oil, as well as life aboard ship among a culturally diverse crew, are mixed with exploration of class and social status, good and evil, and the existence of God. Melville uses a wide range of styles and literary devices ranging from lists and catalogs to Shakespearean stage directions, soliloquies, and asides.

Looking for a Ship

Looking for a Ship
Author: John McPhee
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 242
Release: 2011-04-01
Genre: Transportation
ISBN: 9781429958110

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This is an extraordinary tale of life on the high seas aboard one of the last American merchant ships, the S.S. Stella Lykes, on a forty-two-day journey from Charleston down the Pacific coast of South America. As the crew of the Stella Lykes makes their ocean voyage, they tell stories of other runs and other ships, tales of disaster, stupidity, greed, generosity, and courage.

Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea

Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea
Author: Gary Kinder
Publsiher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Total Pages: 560
Release: 2009-10-20
Genre: Transportation
ISBN: 9781555847968

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“Titanic meets Tom Clancy technology” in this national-bestselling account of the SS Central America’s wreckage and discovery (People). September 1875. With nearly six hundred passengers returning from the California Gold Rush, the side-wheel steamer SS Central America encountered a violent storm and sank two hundred miles off the Carolina coast. More than four hundred lives and twenty-one tons of gold were lost. It was a tragedy lost in legend for more than a century—until a brilliant young engineer named Tommy Thompson set out to find the wreck. Driven by scientific curiosity and resentful of the term “treasure hunt,” Thompson searched the deep-ocean floor using historical accounts, cutting-edge sonar technology, and an underwater robot of his own design. Navigating greedy investors, impatient crewmembers, and a competing salvage team, Thompson finally located the wreck in 1989 and sailed into Norfolk with her recovered treasure: gold coins, bars, nuggets, and dust, plus steamer trunks filled with period clothes, newspapers, books, and journals. A great American adventure story, Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea is also a fascinating account of the science, technology, and engineering that opened Earth’s final frontier, providing “white-knuckle reading, as exciting as anything . . . in The Perfect Storm” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). “A complex, bittersweet history of two centuries of American entrepreneurship, linked by the mad quest for gold.” —Entertainment Weekly “A ripping true tale of danger and discovery at sea.” —The Washington Post “What a yarn! . . . If you sign on for the cruise, go in knowing that you’re going to miss meals and a lot of sleep.” —Newsweek

To Cuba and Back

To Cuba and Back
Author: Richard Henry Dana
Publsiher: Boston : Ticknor and Fields
Total Pages: 256
Release: 1859
Genre: Cuba
ISBN: IND:30000006621290

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Four Years Before the Mast

Four Years Before the Mast
Author: Joseph A. Williams
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 385
Release: 2013-11-01
Genre: Nautical training-schools
ISBN: 0989939413

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Under New York City's Throgs Neck Bridge lies a spit of land dominated by a pentagonal, 19th-century fortress that today houses a school that has trained mariners since the age of sail. Within Fort Schuyler's walls are stories of heroism and mutinies, shipwrecks and desertions. In Four Years Before the Mast, author Joseph A. Williams uses his access to archival materials to tell the tale of that institution known today as SUNY Maritime College.

Writing New England

Writing New England
Author: Andrew Delbanco,Mendelson Family Chair of American Studies and Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities Andrew Delbanco
Publsiher: Belknap Press
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2013-10-01
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 0674335473

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Organized thematically, this anthology provides a collective self-portrait of the New England mind. With an introductory essay on the origins of New England, a detailed chronology, and explanatory headnotes for each selection, the book is a welcoming introduction to a great American literary tradition and a treasury of vivid writing that defines what it has meant, over nearly four centuries, to be a New Englander.

Memoirs of General William T Sherman

Memoirs of General William T  Sherman
Author: William Tecumseh Sherman
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1889
Genre: United States
ISBN: HARVARD:32044014483713

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The Seaman s Friend

The Seaman s Friend
Author: Richard Henry Dana
Publsiher: Good Press
Total Pages: 412
Release: 2019-11-25
Genre: Science
ISBN: EAN:4057664622310

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"The Seaman's Friend" by Richard Henry Dana. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Sophie s World

Sophie s World
Author: Jostein Gaarder
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2007-03-20
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9781466804272

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One day Sophie comes home from school to find two questions in her mail: "Who are you?" and "Where does the world come from?" Before she knows it she is enrolled in a correspondence course with a mysterious philosopher. Thus begins Jostein Gaarder's unique novel, which is not only a mystery, but also a complete and entertaining history of philosophy.

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors

The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors
Author: James D. Hornfischer
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2008-11-12
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780307487308

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“This will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected. We will do what damage we can.” With these words, Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Copeland addressed the crew of the destroyer escort USS Samuel B. Roberts on the morning of October 25, 1944, off the Philippine Island of Samar. On the horizon loomed the mightiest ships of the Japanese navy, a massive fleet that represented the last hope of a staggering empire. All that stood between it and Douglas MacArthur’ s vulnerable invasion force were the Roberts and the other small ships of a tiny American flotilla poised to charge into history. In the tradition of the #1 New York Times bestseller Flags of Our Fathers, James D. Hornfischer paints an unprecedented portrait of the Battle of Samar, a naval engagement unlike any other in U.S. history—and captures with unforgettable intensity the men, the strategies, and the sacrifices that turned certain defeat into a legendary victory. BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James D. Hornfischer's Neptune's Inferno. Praise for The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors “One of the finest WWII naval action narratives in recent years, this book follows in the footsteps of Flags of Our Fathers. . . . Exalting American sailors and pilots as they richly deserve. . . . Reads like a very good action novel.”—Publishers Weekly “Reads as fresh as tomorrow's headlines. . . . Hornfischer's captivating narrative uses previously classified documents to reconstruct the epic battle and eyewitness accounts to bring the officers and sailors to life.”—Texas Monthly “Hornfischer is a powerful stylist whose explanations are clear as well as memorable. . . . A dire survival-at-sea saga.”—Denver Post “In The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, James Hornfischer drops you right into the middle of this raging battle, with 5-inch guns blazing, torpedoes detonating and Navy fliers dive-bombing. . . . The overall story of the battle is one of American guts, glory and heroic sacrifice.”—Omaha World Herald