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Cruise of the Dashing Wave
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Cruise of the Dashing Wave: Rounding Cape Horn in 1860

Phillip Hichborn and William Thiesen

Abstract

This book recounts a harrowing 1860 clipper ship passage from Boston to San Francisco by way of Cape Horn, as recorded by Philip Hichborn, the ship's carpenter, in his journal. On board the Dashing Wave, 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. Hichborn would later rise to become a major figure in the U.S. Navy, but on this, his first voyage, he was still unfam ... More

Keywords: clipper ship, Cape Horn, Philip Hichborn, Dashing Wave, elements, tall ship, landsman

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780813034379
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034379.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phillip Hichborn, author
U.S. Coast Guard

William Thiesen, editor