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The Brig Pilgrim (2005)

A replica of the 1825 brig Pilgrim, made famous in Richard Henry Dana’s memoir, Two Years Before the Mast. The book recounts Dana’s experiences as a sailor on the original Pilgrim, on a trading voyage around Cape Horn to California from 1834 to 1836.

The modern Pilgrim’s home port is a small Southern California harbor near San Juan Capistrano that Dana visited and wrote about. The town that later grew up around the site was (and is) named Dana Point. The ship belongs to the Orange County Ocean Institute; it serves as a “living classroom” for teaching history as well as 19th century tall ship sailing skills.


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