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Hen Frigates by Joan Druett

Title Hen Frigates
Author Joan Druett
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release 2012-02-21
Category History
Total Pages 272
ISBN 1451688431
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A "hen frigate," traditionally, was any ship with the captain's wife on board. Hen frigates were miniature worlds -- wildly colorful, romantic, and dangerous. Here are the dramatic, true stories of what the remarkable women on board these vessels encountered on their often amazing voyages: romantic moonlit nights on deck, debilitating seasickness, terrifying skirmishes with pirates, disease-bearing rats, and cockroaches as big as a man's slipper. And all of that while living with the constant fear of gales, hurricanes, typhoons, collisions, and fire at sea. Interweaving first-person accounts from letters and journals in and around the lyrical narrative of a sea journey, maritime historian Joan Druett brings life to these stories. We can almost feel for ourselves the fear, pain, anger, love, and heartbreak of these courageous women. Lavishly illustrated, this breathtaking book transports us to the golden age of sail.

Hen Frigates by Joan Druett

Title Hen Frigates
Author Joan Druett
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release 1999-05-04
Category History
Total Pages 272
ISBN 0684854341
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A hen frigate is any boat with the captain's wife on board. This is their story of life on the high seas.

She Captains by Joan Druett

Title She Captains
Author Joan Druett
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release 2001-05-29
Category History
Total Pages 304
ISBN 0743214374
Language English, Spanish, and French
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With her pistols loaded she went aboard And by her side hung a glittering sword In her belt two daggers, well armed for war Was this female smuggler Was this female smuggler who never feared a scar. If a "hen frigate" was any ship carrying a captain's wife, then a "she captain" is a bold woman distinguished for courageous enterprise in the history of the sea. "She captains," who infamously possessed the "bodies of women and the souls of men," thrilled and terrorized their shipmates, doing "deeds beyond the valor of women." Some were "bold and crafty pirates with broadsword in hand." Others were sirens, too, like the Valkyria Princess Alfhild, whom the mariners made rover-captain for her beauty. Like their male counterparts, these astonishing women were drawn to the ocean's beauty -- and its danger. In her inimitable, yarn-spinning style, award-winning historian Joan Druett tells us what life was like for the women who dared to captain ships of their own, don pirates' garb, and perform heroic and hellacious deeds on the high seas. We meet Irish raider Grace "Grania" O'Malley -- sometimes called "the bald Grania" because she cut her hair short like a boy's -- who commanded three galleys and two hundred fighting men. Female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read were wanted by the law. Armed to the teeth with cutlasses and pistols, they inspired awe and admiration as they swaggered about in fancy hats and expensive finery, killing many a man who cowered cravenly before them. Lovelorn Susan "Put on a jolly sailor's dress/And daubed her hands with tar/To cross the raging sea/On board a man of war" to be near her William. Others disguised themselves for economic reasons. In 1835, Ann Jane Thornton signed on as a ship's steward to earn the fair wage of nine dollars per month. When it was discovered that she was a woman, the captain testified that Jane was a capital sailor, but the crew had been suspicious of her from the start, "because she would not drink her grog like a regular seaman." In 1838, twenty-two-year-old Grace Darling led the charge to rescue nine castaways from the wreck of the Forfarshire (the Titanic of its day). "I'll save the crew!" she cried, her courageous pledge immortalized in a torrent of books, songs, and poems. Though "she captains" had been sailing for hundreds of years by the turn of the twentieth century, Scotswoman Betsey Miller made headlines by weathering "storms of the deep when many commanders of the other sex have been driven to pieces on the rocks." From the warrior queens of the sixth century B.C. to the women shipowners influential in opening the Northwest Passage, Druett has assembled a real-life cast of characters whose boldness and bravado will capture popular imagination. Following the arc of maritime history from the female perspective, She Captains' intrepid crew sails forth into a sea of adventure.

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Total Pages 1
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Families at Sea by Stephen A. Haller

Title Families at Sea
Author Stephen A. Haller
Publisher
Release 1985
Category Seafaring life
Total Pages 26
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Daily Life in the Age of Sail by Dorothy Denneen Volo

Title Daily Life in the Age of Sail
Author Dorothy Denneen Volo
Publisher Greenwood Publishing Group
Release 2002
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 322
ISBN 9780313310263
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Explore in detail the lives of those on the high seas during the age of sail and exploration, as well as those in seaport towns.

Fish by Harlan Walker

Title Fish
Author Harlan Walker
Publisher Oxford Symposium
Release 1998-01-01
Category Technology & Engineering
Total Pages 335
ISBN 0907325890
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The subject of the discussions was not just fish but the diet of fishermen, and any foodstuff from the sea.

Captain s Wife by Abby Jane Morrell

Title Captain s Wife
Author Abby Jane Morrell
Publisher Seaforth Publishing
Release 2012-03-05
Category History
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1848321252
Language English, Spanish, and French
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During the nineteenth century it became increasingly common for merchant service masters to take their wives to sea, particularly in the whaling industry, where voyages of 2-3 years were not uncommon. Reflecting the sailor’s traditional dislike of women on board – seen as unlucky by the superstitious and disruptive by the more rational – these ships were derisively dubbed ‘Hen Frigates’ and although they have been the fashionable subject of academic interest in recent years, there is not much literature by the women themselves. Among the first, and most accomplished, is Abby Jane Morrell’s account of a voyage between 1829 and 1831 that took her from New England to the South Pacific. Her husband Benjamin was in the sealing trade but was a keen explorer, and his adventurous spirit led him – and his wife – into situations normally well outside the world of the Hen Frigate. Curiously, Benjamin also wrote an account of this voyage, but since he was described by a contemporary as ‘the greatest liar in the Pacific’, his wife’s is a better record of what actually happened, even when dealing with dramatic incidents like the murderous attack by cannibal islanders. Apart from the descriptions of exotic places, much of the interest in this book is the traditional, centuries-old world of the sailor as seen through the eyes of a thoughtful and well-educated woman. As such it heads a long line of ‘improving’ books aimed at ameliorating the seaman’s lot.

Windjamming to China by Gustav Tjgaard

Title Windjamming to China
Author Gustav Tjgaard
Publisher Strategic Book Publishing
Release 2012-05-01
Category Adolescence
Total Pages 500
ISBN 162212135X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Sailing is a proud American tradition and 'Windjamming to China' evokes that tradition in a way that it will never be forgotten. 'Windjamming to China' sails on the fringes of history. It covers the first half of the twentieth century, a time when almost all wind-driven vessels of the sailing age had been replaced by steam and diesel.In the larger sense, the book is about the American sailor, a folk character and even a hero, who speaks through the mists of 200 years of history, shouting for recognition. The American sailor was born on the icy shores of Plymouth, he was rocked by the waves.

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