Simon & Schuster 2001
Date finished: 2001-06-15
An entertaining book of anecdotes about female maritimers, ranging from Artemisia, mentioned in Herodotus, up to Beatrice Fry, who ran a school ship until at least 1908. The most entertaining chapters feature the disastrous love affair between Nelson and Emma Hamilton, a fine portrayal of women's lives aboard British navy vessels during the Napoleonic War, and the multiple stories of women who posed as men to win a berth. Most interesting of all, I think, is my discovery of Rose de Freycinet, who accompanied her husband on a scientific voyage from 1817 to 1820, and left a detailed journal of the voyage, which featured storms, shipwreck, and, finally, a safe return home. This book is entertaining fun, and it's added de Freycinet's journal to my to-read list.
Tagged: maritime history
%T She Captains %S Heroines and Hellions of the Sea %@ 2001-06-15 %A Druett, Joan %G ISBN 0684856913 %I Simon & Schuster %D 2001 %P 304pp %K maritime history