Voyages of Hope: The Saga of the Bride-ships

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TouchWood Editions, 2002 - History - 228 pages
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A line of nervous young women got off a ship in Victoria Harbour in 1862 and had to walk the gauntlet between two rows of jostling, eager men. One girl, proposed to on the spot, accepted equally quickly and left town with her new husband. Why did these women leave everything behind in England and come to the west coast? The answers lie in the lusty turmoil of a gold-rush frontier, the horrible disruptions of industrial England and the conflicting aims of earnest Christians and early British feminists.

 

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Contents

Violence in the Black Canyons
29
Prophets and Pilgrims
47
False Starts and Faint Hope
69
The Voyage from Hell the Tynemouth
91
The Arrival of the Tynemouth
129
The Robert Lowe
159
The Wife Experiment Reconsidered
177
Diffusion Ice Crystals on Glass
191
Endnotes
212
Index
225
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Peter Johnsonhas taught history, English, and creative writing in high schools and colleges in Canada for over thirty-five years. He has written several books on BC maritime history, including Glyphs and Gallows: The Rock Art of Clo-oose and the Wreck of the John Bright; Voyages of Hope: The Saga of the Bride-Ships; Quarantined: Life and Death at William Head Station, 1872-1959; and, with John Walls, To the Lighthouse: An Explorer's Guide to the Island Lighthouses of Southwestern BC.

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