Before the Wind: The Memoir of an American Sea Captain, 1808-1833

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Charles Tyng's quarter century under sail took him around the world half a dozen times at the begining of the nineteenth century. Fortunately, he proved to be as natural a storyteller as he was a sailor. Before the Wind has been hailed as a superb contribution to seafaring literature, alongside such books as Two Years Before the Mast and the novels of Patrick O'Brian. Both Tyng's life and the way he recounts his years at sea are full of wonder: He survives shipwrecks, squalls, and pirates. He makes and loses fortunes in tea, sugar, and cotton. He meets Lord Byron as well as the British princess (later queen) Victoria. Sailors, armchair travelers, history buffs, and lovers of pulse-quickening maritime stories will find this book as seductive as the siren song of the sea.

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Charles Tyng was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, in 1801. His voyages took him across the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Caribbean, visiting Cuba, China, Europe, Indonesia and the Sandwich Islands among other ports of call. He died in Rhode Island in 1879.

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Ahoy, ye landlubbers all! Prepare to embark upon the many adventures of one Captain Charles Tyng of Massachussetts, who lived and flourished in the early 1800's. Moving from a Dickensian childhood to the unrelenting life of the merchant seaman, he, like the Ancient Mariner, holds the listener in thrall. His voice has been well chosen. Rudnicki has a salty sound, husky from commands given in a high wind but genteel, as befits his background. So attuned to his Captain is our reader that the rare moments of humor are a mere chuckle in an otherwise broad and steady New England accent. Here is authenticity at its best. S.B.S. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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