Women sailors and sailors' women: an untold maritime history

Women sailors and sailors women an untold maritime history Description A maritime scholar s account structured in the form of a voyage of women in British and American seafaring life during the seventeenth eighteenth and nineteenth centuries He discusses

  • Title: Women sailors and sailors' women: an untold maritime history
  • Author: David Cordingly
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  • Page: 491
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  • Women sailors and sailors' women: an untold maritime history

    Description A maritime scholar s account, structured in the form of a voyage, of women in British and American seafaring life during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries He discusses women s roles in port, on shipboard, and in lighthouse keeping.

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    1. Ruth

      After reading several HRs that center around pirates or naval themes, I wanted to know more about what really happened on the high seas in the late 1700s through to mid 1800s. Were women common on board naval or merchant vessels? What was life like for them? Were there any female pirates? Were there any female sailors and, if so, how did they manage to keep their gender a secret?Well, this book answered all these questions and more. It explained the differences in naval ranks, what conditions we [...]

    2. Gina Denny

      Fifty-three pages into this book about "seafaring women" and we've had: - nameless prostitutes- a story about a man who had a wife, but the story is about him- one interesting story about a woman who cheated on her husband and murdered her own baby (she was never a seafaring woman, btw)- a fictitious woman, created by a male author I'm out. When I pick up a book that explicitly says it is about women, I expect it to be about women.

    3. CJ - It's only a Paper Moon

      I will have to admit that the title is a little misleading as the book is a lot more about the sailors then their women at certain points - however, on the whole it was very interesting and enlightening.I learned a lot about my city in the first chapter (I'm from NYC) and the prostitution and dance halls that popped up down there because of the sea ports and the demands of the sailors.You learn a lot about select captains of the navy and of course you read about Mary Reade and Anne Bonny. Pirate [...]

    4. Sophie Turner

      I found this to be disjointed and uneven -- some chapters were highly interesting, others not so much. It also fell off topic with some regularity, so that I found myself reading on some tangent regarding Nelson's or John Paul Jones's career. Interesting, in some cases, but already well-covered by others, particularly Nelson's career. I much preferred Suzanne Stark's more focused "Female Tars."

    5. Jodotha

      I read this book under its original title "Women Sailors and Sailors' Women" (which I guess wasn't piratey enough for our Johnny Depp loving public - Oh well). I learned much from this book, and if I weren't in such a hurry to go find more books, I'd probably write it all down in a nicely outlined, formal report.Anyhoo. This book is well written and well researched. Although Cordingly can occasionally get lost in his facts and come across rather dry, his information on seafaring women is so inte [...]

    6. Kate Robinson

      This book was well written, thoroughly researched, and loaded with anecdotal information of women's lives at sea. Despite its many tales of 'women sailors and sailors' women,' it seemed incomplete. Certain chapters were highly entertaining, while others seemed void of any story worth remembering. However, the topic remained intriguing enough to make it easy to breeze through the book's 250 pages.

    7. Tyrannosaurus regina

      In short, for a book called "Seafaring Women" it was shockingly patronizing of women. (Or maybe it wasn't shocking, and that was what made me so angry.)

    8. G. Lawrence

      A good book, but I think it should have kept it's original title, as this was more about sailors, and the women in their lives, than it was truly about the women. My other criticism is the glaring omission of perhaps the most successful pirate in the world, Madame Ching or Ching Shih (1775–1844), who commanded 300 ships and anywhere between 20,000 to 40,000 men in China. Even the Emperor and his government were finally forced to make peace and offer pardons to this remarkable woman, yet so fin [...]

    9. Diana Sandberg

      Meh. Some interesting details - I hadn't known, for example, that in the 18th-19th century British Navy, captains and lieutenants were commissioned by the Admiralty (and often moved from ship to ship), while warrant officers (masters, pursers, carpenters, surgeons, bosuns) were given warrants by the Navy Board and were, at least theoretically, permanently attached to one ship, from her construction to her breaking up. Also good quick biographies of Lord Nelson and Emma Hamilton - I was not previ [...]

    10. Barbara

      Extremely detailed about many women (especially the paramours of famous men) but not so much about the achievements of others. Might just be the general lack of documentation about women in the 18th and 19th centuries. Still interesting stories about women and the sea.

    11. Coral

      3.5 stars. Interesting and informative, but not super compelling. Life was hard for both the men and women in sailing. Thank goodness for vaccines.

    12. Clare Fitzgerald

      When I was in high school I went through a period of studying pirates very intensely and buying a lot of shirts from PirateMod, back when they actually used to ship me the shirts I bought. (Long story, ask me about it sometime.) One of the best books I read during this period wasDavid Cordingly's classic bookUnder the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates. It was an excellent resource and an excellent read, so you can imagine how excited I was to find out that Cording [...]

    13. April Helms

      This is a very dense book on the history of women and their connection with the sea. It's a pretty thorough book, covering a lot of angles- not just on the many roles of women but on the background and history. Those interested in maritime history would do well to include this book on their shelf. The stories of the women themselves cover a vast range. There are the heroes, such as Grace Darling, who, along with her father, a lighthouse keeper, rescued the passengers from the wrecked steam paddl [...]

    14. D.

      Seafaring Women reads as enjoyably as a novel and it is mostly well-researched.However, the first 20 pages are mostly about dock prostitution with every detail described ad nauseam. (And it's not as interesting as you might think.) It's disingenuous that a book about seafaring women - which specifies pirates, stowaways, and wives on its cover - opens up with page after page of dock prostitution; as the book itself shows, prostitutes were rarely seafaring. It was both boring and unnecessary and n [...]

    15. Penny

      I got this through an interlibrary loan because I did not realize the book was available in a newer edition which had a different name--Seafaring Women: Adventures of Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways and Sailors' Wives This is a good read and the author has covered so many situations (but mostly concerning the U.S. and England with a few digressions). Some trivia:Having most of my life thought that the Barbary Coast was somewhere exotic I learned that it is the coast of California! There is a lot [...]

    16. Mary

      I've often felt that history doesn't lend much credence to the women who supported the men that stories were written of. Cordingly tries to make amends for that in his tales of women who stowed away on ships masquerading as men, heroic lighthouse women and seafaring heroines. He also speaks of the women who supported their men at sea and writes quite a bit of those that did what they could to support themselves with what they had, and the men that succumbed to them when they came into port. Much [...]

    17. Gilly McGillicuddy

      David Cordingly can have my babies. I decided to read another one of his after having struggled throughNapoleon Is Dead: Lord Cochrane and the Great Stock Exchange Scandal, and oh, how it's set me up again. :D Intelligent, informed and still full of squee. Also? Me, I'm still very much on the fence about Lord Cochrane's guilt at the stock exchange kerfluffle, right? Leaning toward "yeah, yeah, he probably did it, but didn't realise the repercussions". But I can tell you one person who doesn't be [...]

    18. jennifer

      This book, written by pirate expert Cordingly, covers all aspects of women and the sea- girls who sailed disguised as boys, female pirates, the lives of prostitutes in port towns and the wives of sailors and ship captains. There are many women here that I had never heard of, and I've read lots on pirate and sea history.A standout is the story of nineteen year-old Mary Patten, the wife of a ship captain who became ill in 1856 while sailing from New York to San Francisco. The first mate was unable [...]

    19. Sarah

      I found this book a fairly enjoyable read. I learned a lot and in a fun-loving to learn way. The author documented his sources very well which lends itself to being a very good authority on the subject. Yet, the reader isn't left to slog through stale facts. I felt like I was living the events with history's participants and enjoyed the experience. There were a few times I felt like the author was going off on a tangent, and a few chapters felt very out of place and dropped me out of the informa [...]

    20. Tamara✨

      For a book supposedly about women in the golden age of sea-faring this book talks way too much about men I mean I guess I should have expected it considering that it's not like historical records written by women were all that common in the mid 1700s, especially first hand accounts on sea faring I just expected to read a bit more about the other female pirates and more details about women posing as young boys to join the navy or even women who took charge when men couldn't!! It just got tiring t [...]

    21. Andrea Dowd

      This book left a lot to be desired. Read other books about maritime history or sailing history and you'll get more succinct and a more drilled down understanding of the life and hardship (yes, even that of women). Big feminist theory/obvious revelations about women and the world of ocean economies were either ignored or glossed over. And don't even get me started about how many times Cordingly brought up a story of a female sailor or whatever water-related woman he was discussing, and then casua [...]

    22. Meagan

      There's a lot that's interesting here, and it's hard to imagine a better book for anyone who wants to learn more about sailing and sailors, especially women. You'll get the gamut here. Everything from prostitutes and sailor's wives to women who disguised themselves as men and went to war, sometimes even getting pensions from the government for their service after they returned home and revealed their sex. There are also chapters on mermaids and sirens, lighthouse keepers, and pirates. If it invo [...]

    23. Sarah(East of the Sun & West of the Moon)

      Full of Cordingly's highly engaging writing, which I've come to love from his other books, complete with countless historical anecdotes you wouldn't think to find anywhere else. However, in some chapters it does, dare I say it, wade into a swamp of excessive detail, detracting from his intended focus. It is understandably tempting to want to share everything that you've got - but sometimes, restraint is a necessary evil for the sake of readability and enjoyment. Overall, a very good book, but no [...]

    24. Richard

      Cordingly is strongest when he's using and retelling stories from primary sources, unfortunately this leaves lots of unanswered questions about what was really going on when primary sources are unreliable (especially printed biographies, memoirs, newspaper accounts, etc.). Cordingly points out where things are likely exaggerations (even in the 18th/19th centuries sex sold), but is weak on trying to offer alternative accounts. If you're an academic looking for some juicy topics to dig into, this [...]

    25. Denise

      I enjoyed this book, but I had two problems with it. First, there were several chapters where he spent significantly more time discussing general maritime and naval history than how it specifically related to women. Secondly, the title refers to "pirate queens" and while there is a chapter on female pirates he never actually mentions a "pirate queen." It's a small detail, but I found it a bit frustrating. If he wanted a "pirate queen," why didn't he mention Grace O'Malley?

    26. Jo

      Fascinating facts, pedestrian writing. Slightly disappointing in that the author focused far more on men at sea and how they related to women than on women at sea. Still the book contains truly heroic or maybe I should say heroine-ic stories including on of an 18-year-old wife of a clipper ship captain who took over command when her husband became ill and successfully sailed around the Horn to San Francisco.

    27. Jason Lang

      An interesting book on the lives of women who lived in and around the sailing industry. From a fascinating look at the whores and wives at dockside, women who dressed as men to go to sea, to famous women sailors and pirates. A well-researched book that shows that a lot of what you think about sailors, sailors wives, and the docks around them, are wrong.

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