Two Years Before the Mast
His studies at Harvard interrupted by vision problems, the author embarked as a merchant seaman aboard the brig Pilgrim in 1834 on a voyage to Alta California, still under Mexican rule. After helping to cure and load a cargo of cow hides he was transferred to the Alert and made an eastward passage of Cape Horn in the dead of winter. Read online at archive.org.
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