Seafaring Women Adventures of Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways, and Sailors' Wives

ISBN-10: 0375758720
ISBN-13: 9780375758720
Edition: 2007
Authors: David Cordingly
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/12/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

For centuries, the sea has been regarded as a male domain, but in this illuminating historical narrative, maritime scholar David Cordingly shows that an astonishing number of women went to sea in the great age of sail. Some traveled as the wives or mistresses of captains; others were smuggled aboard by officers or seamen. And Cordingly has unearthed stories of a number of young women who dressed in men’s clothes and worked alongside sailors for months, sometimes years, without ever revealing their gender. His tremendous research shows that there was indeed a thriving female population—from pirates to the sirens of myth and legend—on and around the high seas. A landmark work of women’s history disguised as a spectacularly entertaining yarn, Women Sailors and Sailor’s Women will surprise and delight.

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. He lives with his wife and family in Sussex, England.

Introduction
Women on the Waterfront
The Sailors' Farewell
Ann Parker and the Mutiny at the Nore
Female Sailors: Fact and Fiction
Hannah Snell, Mary Anne Talbot, and the Female Pirates
Wives in Warships
Seafaring Heroines
Whaling Wives
Men Without Women
Women and Water, Sirens and Mermaids
A Wife in Every Port
Two Naval Heroes and Their Women
The Lighthouse Women
The Sailors' Return
Glossary of Sea Terms
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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