Everything you need to understand or teach Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana, Jr..
Two Years before the Mast is Richard Henry Dana, Jr.'s memoir of a Harvard undergraduate becoming a sailor while collecting hides up and down the California coast and returning home in the treacherous dead of winter, richer for the experience.
Richard Henry Dana, Jr., signs up for a 2-3 year voyage aboard the commercial brig Pilgrim, hoping to cure his eyes, which have been weakened by reading books as a Harvard undergraduate. He goes aboard trying to look like a seasoned sailor, but writing afterward, he realizes that being a good sailor comes only with real experience. Dana's initiation comes by learning to climb the rigging while suffering seasickness. After three days he is ready to join in the monotonous routine of maintaining the ship and altering sails to fit weather conditions. After crossing the equator, Dana feels himself a true "son of Neptune," and while doubling Cape Horn, amidst... View more of the Two Years Before the Mast Summary