Each page of Philip Hichborn's journal “Cruise of the Dashing Wave” contains information regarding a life-and-death story in an 1860 clipper-ship trip. This voyage originated in Boston and moved toward San Francisco through Cape Horn. In this book, Hichborn was able to draw attention to the living conditions, as well as to the existing social life on the ship in the nineteenth century, through adopting a conversational style. Compared to other seafaring accounts, the journal is written not by a captain, a seaman, or an officer, but from the perspective of a ship's carpenter. It thus provides a personal point of view as it also describes some of Hichborn's responsibilities as the ship's carpenter, who was considered to have a higher rank compared to the other sailors aboard the ship.
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