Women Sailors and Sailors' Women

Women Sailors and Sailors' Women

An Untold Maritime History

Book - 2001
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For centuries the sea has been regarded as a male domain. Fisherman, navy officers, pirates, and explorers roamed the high seas while their wives and daughters stayed on shore. Oceangoing adventurers and the crews of their ships were part of an all-male world -- or were they? In this illuminating historical narrative, maritime scholar David Cordingly shows that in fact an astonishing number of women went to sea in the great age of sail. Some traveled as the wives or mistresses of captains. A few were smuggled aboard by officers or seaman. A number of cases have come to light of young women dressing in men's clothes and working alongside the sailors for months, and sometimes years. In the U.S. and Britsh navies, it was not uncommon for the wives of bosuns, carpenters, and cooks to go to sea on warships. Cordingly's tremendous research shows that there was indeed a thriving female population -- from female pirates to the sirens of legend -- on and around the high seas. A landmark work of women's history disguised as a spectacularly entertaining yarn, Women's Sailors and Sailor's Women will surprise and delight readers.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2001.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375500411
Characteristics: xv, 286 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Mar 31, 2012

Absolutely phenomenal. Cordingly has done an incredible amount of research for this book. The format makes you feel like you're reading a series of stories rather than history, and his knowledge of the perspectives of the time added so much to my understanding of that time period. I learned so much, and I was actually sad when I finished. I have every intention of buying this book, and would recommend it to anyone with even an inkling of interest in maritime history.


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