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His First Voyage

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Author: Herman Melville
Published: 1849
Language: English
Wordcount: 118,875 / 335 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 51.3
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,964 4854

Being the Sailor BoyConfessions and Reminiscencesof the Son-of-a-Gentlemanin the Merchant Navy.

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orner of the sitting-room. This ship, after being the admiration of my father's visitors in the capital, became the wonder and delight of all the people of the village where we now resided, many of whom used to call upon my mother, for no other purpose than to see the ship. And well did it repay the long and curious examinations which they were accustomed to give it.

In the first place, every bit of it was glass, and that was a great wonder of itself; because the masts, yards, and ropes were made to resemble exactly the corresponding parts of a real vessel that could go to sea. She carried two tiers of black guns all along her two decks; and often I used to try to peep in at the portholes, to see what else was inside; but the holes were so small, and it looked so very dark indoors, that I could discover little or nothing; though, when I was very little, I made no doubt, that if I could but once pry open the hull, and break the glass all to pieces, I would infallibly light upon something wonderful, perh

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****

A highly entertaining story of a young man's adventures and coming of age at sea and abroad. Great imagery and a short read for those who don't want to tackle Melville's epic novels.



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