Women sailors and sailors' women: an untold maritime history

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Random House, Feb 1, 2001 - History - 286 pages
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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 Womenwill surprise and delight readers.

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Excellent book on female pirates, seafarer's women and women somehow involved in a career with the sea. Read full review

Review: Seafaring Women: Adventures of Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways & Sailors' Wives

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This was not exactly what I was expecting when I got this book...but it was an interesting read about women in a largely male-dominated arena: the sea. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

David Cordingly was for twelve years on the staff of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, where he was curator of paintings and then head of exhibitions. He is a graduate of Oxford and the author of Under the Black Flag, an acclaimed history of piracy. Cordingly lives with his wife and family by the sea in Sussex, England.

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