Two Years before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana, Jr.

Two Years before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana, Jr.

Born into a well-to-do Massachusetts family, Richard Henry Dana, Jr. attended Harvard, then decided to sign on with a merchant vessel sailing to California. He kept a journal of his travels; this journal became the basis of his book Two Years before the Mast. When he returned home, Dana became a lawyer and a politician. Obviously, he wasn’t of the social class that most working class sailors were drawn. Yet all his life Dana championed the causes of the lower classes and working sailors.

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