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


The second day after our arrival, a full-rigged brig came round
the point from the northward, sailed leisurely through - Page 310
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The Second Day After Our Arrival, A Full-Rigged Brig Came Round The Point From The Northward, Sailed Leisurely Through The Bay, And Stood Off Again For The South-East, In The Direction Of The Large Island Of Catalina.

The next day the Avon got under weigh, and stood in the same direction, bound for San Pedro.

This might do for marines and Californians, but we knew the ropes too well. The brig was never again seen on the coast, and the Avon arrived at San Pedro in about a week, with a full cargo of Canton and American goods.

This was one of the means of escaping the heavy duties the Mexicans lay upon all imports. A vessel comes on the coast, enters a moderate cargo at Monterey, which is the only custom-house, and commences trading. In a month or more, having sold a large part of her cargo, she stretches over to Catalina, or other of the large uninhabited islands which lie off the coast, in a trip from port to port, and supplies herself with choice goods from a vessel from Oahu, which has been lying off and on the islands, waiting for her. Two days after the sailing of the Avon, the Loriotte came in from the leeward, and without doubt had also a snatch at the brig's cargo.

Tuesday, Nov. 10th. Going ashore, as usual, in the gig, just before sundown, to bring off the captain, we found, upon taking in the captain and pulling off again, that our ship, which lay the farthest out, had run up her ensign.

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