LiveZilla Live Chat Software
Register/Login Login Contact UsContacts BlogBlog
Cart Items : 0 | Cart Total : R0
USA Categories
Site Security
Books > History > World > Expeditions & Discoveries > B01IQ1T8YI
  1. Twenty Years Before the Mast
    Image(s) provided for illustrative purposes and may differ from the actual product
  2. Twenty Years Before the Mast

    Delivery: 10-20 Working Days
    Not Available / Digital Item

Additional Information

In 1838 the able-bodied seaman Charles Erskine joined the exploring expedition of Charles Wilkes who was setting out on a voyage of discovery around the world.

From the Pacific to Antarctic to Atlantic, Erskine would travel with this expedition to the furthest corners of the Earth.

He would go on to travel to some of the most unexplored regions, meeting men and women who had never seen westerners before. Along the journey the crew meet Patagonians, Fijians, Tahitians, Aborigines, and many other peoples.

Although the Wilkes expedition was largely scientific mission, the ships were not always peaceful, indeed there were a number of armed conflicts with Pacific Islanders as the United States began to assert its authority across the globe.

The ships and their crews had to withstand some of the most appalling conditions as they continued their expedition, from the heat-driven mirages of the South Atlantic to the brutal cold of the Antarctic seas.

What makes Erskine’s narrative so remarkable is that he is not writing from the perspective of an admiral or a scientific explorer, but instead from the viewpoint of a common sailor. Interspersed throughout the narrative are short ditties and sailor’s songs that provide a vivid picture of the mentality of nineteenth century seamen.

After the Wilkes expedition landed back in the United States Erskine spent only brief moments on dry land as he frequently registered under new ships and continued his journeys.

Erskine’s book is a fascinating first-hand account of exploration and maritime life aboard a tall ship.

Twenty Years Before the Mast was published in 1896 towards the end of Erskine’s life.

Similar Products

Two Years on the AlabamaSix Years With the Texas Rangers: 1875-1881Ocean life in the old sailing ship days, from forecastle to quarter-deckA Voice from the Main Deck: Being a Record of the Thirty Years' Adventures of Samuel LeechOcean Life in the Old Sailing Ship DaysAdventures of the First Settlers on the Oregon or Columbia River, 1810-1813The Autobiography of a SeamanA Soldier Of The Legion: An Englishman's Adventures Under the French Flag in Algeria and TonquinRecollections of a Private Soldier in the Army of the Potomac

Charles Erskine
Kindle Edition
Kindle eBook
Fossil Publishing
Fossil Publishing
Fossil Publishing
Fossil Publishing
Please Note

The authorised South African distributor of this product is under no obligation to honour the manufacture's guarantees/warranties or to provide after-sales service.

Please note that this product is based in the USA, and is designed and labelled to be used in the USA. If the unit is powered and plugs into an electrical socket, we cannot import the unit for you due to local regulations, as a permit is required for electrical goods. Please check with us if you are unsure or need any assistance!

Please also note that certain items cannot be imported, these include Alcohol, Agricultural Remedies, Animals, Batteries, Flammable Materials, Farm Feeds, Currency, Food, Furs, Chemicals, Explosives, Medications, Plants, Poisons, Seeds, Supplements, Nutrients, Pressurized Cans, Tactical Equipment, Vitamins, Weaponry and Weaponry Accessories. In these cases, information displayed above is for reference/informational purposes only and the item will not be imported. All content is generated and displayed from an automated USA product feed, and if the item cannot be imported for any reason, including carrier restrictions and/or import or sales restrictions under South African or American law, we do reserve the right to cancel and refund the order in full. If you are not sure if we are permitted to bring in an item, please send us an e-mail with a link to the item to confirm.

Please also ensure that you are ordering the correct item for your particular application as returns to the USA are costly. Product reviews are also provided for most of our items, which can give you a good idea for possible things to look out for and the quality of the item. By clicking Add to Cart, you are confirming that the item is correct and you accept the conditions listed here.