Two Years Before The Mast A Personal Narrative Of Life At Sea By Richard Henry Dana, Jr.


After a slow passage of five days, we arrived, on Wednesday,
the first of April, at our old anchoring ground - Page 190
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After A Slow Passage Of Five Days, We Arrived, On Wednesday, The First Of April, At Our Old Anchoring Ground

At San Pedro. The bay was as deserted, and looked as dreary, as before, and formed no pleasing contrast with

The security and snugness of San Diego, and the activity and interest which the loading and unloading of four vessels gave to that scene. In a few days the hides began to come slowly down, and we got into the old business of rolling goods up the hill, pitching hides down, and pulling our long league off and on. Nothing of note occurred while we were lying here, except that an attempt was made to repair the small Mexican brig which had been cast away in a south-easter, and which now lay up, high and dry, over one reef of rocks and two sand-banks. Our carpenter surveyed her, and pronounced her capable of refitting, and in a few days the owners came down from the Pueblo, and, waiting for the high spring tides, with the help of our cables, kedges, and crew, got her off and afloat, after several trials. The three men at the house on shore, who had formerly been a part of her crew, now joined her, and seemed glad enough at the prospect of getting off the coast.

On board our own vessel, things went on in the common monotonous way. The excitement which immediately followed the flogging scene had passed off, but the effect of it upon the crew, and especially upon the two men themselves, remained.

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