Excerpt from Adrift in America: Or Work and Adventure in the States It was on returning home that my real adventures began, for though I saw eugh hard weather and did a great deal of hard work in that five years, it was after all thing more than comes in the course of learning his profession to every young seaman. And to tell the truth, I was pretty tired of the sea. It did t take me long as a youngster to learn to discount the romance of it, which lies chieﬂy either in igrant imagination, or in the memory of some old salt who has forgotten the tough salt horse and weevilly biscuit to remember that he was then young and strong and able to enjoy himself when he got a rare chance. And apart from all romance there did t seem to be very much in the business. It was t only motous but poorly paid. SO that is the reason why I made up my mind to go to America and see what could be done there. And if I did t succeed in making money, at any rate I had a very varied time and learnt something of the inside of a country. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.