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





























































































































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It Was A Place Well Suited To Stand At The Junction Of The Two Oceans, Beyond The Reach Of Human Cultivation, And Encounter The Blasts And Snows Of A Perpetual Winter.

Yet, dismal as it was, it was a pleasant sight to us; not only as being the first land

We had seen, but because it told us that we had passed the Cape, - were in the Atlantic, - and that, with twenty- four hours of this breeze, might bid defiance to the Southern Ocean. It told us, too, our latitude and longitude better than any observation; and the captain now knew where we were, as well as if we were off the end of Long wharf.

In the general joy, Mr. N. said he should like to go ashore upon the island and examine a spot which probably no human being had ever set foot upon; but the captain intimated that he would see the island - specimens and all, - in - another place, before he would get out a boat or delay the ship one moment for him.

We left the land gradually astern; and at sundown had the Atlantic Ocean clear before us.

CHAPTER XXXIII CRACKING ON - PROGRESS HOMEWARD - A PLEASANT SUNDAY - A FINE SIGHT - BY-PLAY

It is usual, in voyages round the Cape from the Pacific, to keep to the eastward of the Falkland Islands; but as it had now set in a strong, steady, and clear south-wester, with every prospect of its lasting, and we had had enough of high latitudes, the captain determined to stand immediately to the northward, running inside the Falkland Islands.

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