THE SEAMAN’S FRIEND; CONTAINING A TREATISE ON PRACTICAL SEAMANSHIP, WITH PLATES; A DICTIONARY OF SEA TERMS; CUSTOMS AND USAGES OF THE MERCHANT SERVICE; LAWS RELATING TO THE PRACTICAL DUTIES OF MASTER AND MARINERS.
Boston: Charles C. Little & James Brown, and Benjamin Loring & Co., 1841. , 223 pp. First edition. Five full-page engravings. Original full sheep with calf label. Interior has some minor foxing.
Dana was a young Harvard-trained lawyer. This standard 19th century treatise on seamanship and
maritime law resulted directly from his experiences as a merchant sailor aboard the ship Pilgrim.
These same experiences prompted him to publish Two Years Before the Mast in 1840 as a means to
gain public support for the welfare of seamen. Seaman’s Friend was published in at least fifteen
subsequent editions in Boston, London and Amsterdam. Item #726
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