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

Paperback | June 1, 2000

byCharles Tyng

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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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A person who spends more than 25 years at sea is bound to have a few stories. Charles Tyung is one such man. His memoir Before The Wind is a remarkable adventure story of pirates, poets, royalty and riches. Born in 1801 in Massachusetts Tyung sailed around the world half a dozen times before his last voyage. This memoir recounts hi...

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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 a...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 0.57 inPublished:June 1, 2000Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140291911

ISBN - 13:9780140291919

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A person who spends more than 25 years at sea is bound to have a few stories. Charles Tyung is one such man. His memoir Before The Wind is a remarkable adventure story of pirates, poets, royalty and riches. Born in 1801 in Massachusetts Tyung sailed around the world half a dozen times before his last voyage. This memoir recounts his years at sea as he encounters squalls, becomes shipwrecked, and makes and loses a fortune in sugar, cotton and tea. He tells of meeting the great poet Lord Byron and Princess Victoria, who would later become Queen. Told with vivid detail and exciting prose, this biography will entertain all readers.