One of the great first-hand accounts of a sailor's life in the 1830s. Unfortunately, it also contains a bunch of hateful stereotyping - of California Indians and the Spanish colonists here - that forged popular opinion for migrating Yankees in the Gold Rush. Since this was one of the only books available in the US that dealt with California at the time, a million immigrants arrived on our shores with the notion that the Indians were subhumans and the Californios were lazy, untrustworthy greasers. Which explains a lot about what happened next. Still, a great read. The descriptions of the two Cape Horn passages - especially the return trip - are unforgettable.