The Pilgrim was a sailing brig (180 tons, 86.5 feet long) engaged in the California hide trade of the early 19th century. Although just one among many other ships engaged in the business, the Pilgrim was immortalized by one of her sailors, Richard Henry Dana, Jr., who wrote the classic account Two Years Before the Mast about its 1834 voyage between Boston and California.
A replica of the vessel is currently based in Dana Point, California, the site of some of Dana’s adventures. This replica began as a 3-masted schooner (also called a “tern” schooner in North America) built in 1945 for the Baltic trade in Denmark. In 1975, Pilgrim was converted to her present rig, a snow brig, in Lisbon, Portugal. She is currently used as a floating classroom for school children and sets sail every summer on a tour of Southern California with a volunteer crew.