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





























































































































 -   The Alert, in her passage out, doubled the
Cape in the month of February, which is midsummer; and we came - Page 420
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The Alert, In Her Passage Out, Doubled The Cape In The Month Of February, Which Is Midsummer; And We Came Round In The Pilgrim In The Latter Part Of October, Which We Thought Was Bad Enough.

There was only one of our crew who had been off there in the winter, and that was in

A whaleship, much lighter and higher than our ship; yet he said they had man- killing weather for twenty days without intermission, and their decks were swept twice, and they were all glad enough to see the last of it. The Brandywine frigate, also, in her passage round, had sixty days off the Cape, and lost several boats by the heavy sea. All this was for our comfort; yet pass it we must; and all hands agreed to make the best of it.

During our watches below we overhauled our clothes, and made and mended everything for bad weather. Each of us had made for himself a suit of oil-cloth or tarpaulin, and these we got out, and gave thorough coatings of oil or tar, and hung upon the stays to dry.

Our stout boots, too, we covered over with a thick mixture of melted grease and tar, and hung out to dry. Thus we took advantage of the warm sun and fine weather of the Pacific to prepare for its other face. In the forenoon watches below, our forecastle looked like the workshop of what a sailor is, - a Jack at all trades.

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