Friday, August 14, 2009

August 14: A College Boy Goes to Sea (Vol. 23, pp. 30-37)

On this day in 1834, Richard Henry Dana Jr. shipped out of Boston to start his two-year voyage immortalized in "Two Years Before The Mast."

Ill health forced Dana to drop out of Harvard, but he wanted adventure and to see the world. He instead ended up with a great yarn and returned to Harvard a hero.

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