Monday, March 2, 2009

March 2: What Sailors Do on Sunday (Vol. 23, pp. 112-119)

Richard Henry Dana's "Two Years Before The Mast" is supposed to be one of the greatest pieces of nautical literature ever written. Not being a connoisseur of this genre, I can't judge.

In today's selection, Dana tells of what sailors do when they get shore leave — drink and raise hell, of course. Sailors of the 19th century had few opportunities to get wild, but when they had them, they certainly took advantage.

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