Cruise of the Dashing Wave: rounding Cape Horn in 1860
University Press of Florida, Apr 4, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 148 pages
"Cruise of the Dashing Wave recounts a harrowing 1860 clipper ship passage from Boston to San Francisco by way of Cape Horn. Readers who crave high seas adventure stories won't be disappointed." "Philip Hichborn rose to become an admiral and chief constructor of the U.S. Navy, but on this, his first voyage, he served as ship's carpenter. Because of his unfamiliarity with life on board ship, his journal is filled with descriptions that provide us with a unique window into the clipper ship's daily routine. Hichborn's position gave him a unique opportunity to note observations about the cruise that were both ordinary and extraordinary. Hichborn and Dashing Wave experienced devastating gales, ice, and snow; the death of a crew member; and a near mutiny." "On board ship, even the disagreeable food was a blessing as it distracted the crew from the oppressive cruelty of the elements. The weather and heavy seas of Cape Horn pushed the sailors to their physical limits and often punctuated their watches with moments of despair, amazement, and fear." "Most nineteenth-century accounts of seafaring were written by captains, mates, or seamen, but this unusually candid journal captures a rare perspective, one that reveals an intimate understanding of sailors' class associations. It translates the manner in which "class" was experienced by sailors on board ship in the mid-nineteenth century. As such, it lays bare the social and professional interactions of a team of strangers stressed to the point of rebellion and murder - revealing that the rigid traditional hierarchy of a ship could be challenged by a man of skill and personality." --Book Jacket.
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Appendix A Dashing Wave Sail Chart
Philip Hichborns Life after i860
Appendix E Clipper Ship Dashing Wave after i860
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