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Hen Frigates : Passion and Peril, Nineteenth-Century Women at Sea - Joan Druett

Hen Frigates

Passion and Peril, Nineteenth-Century Women at Sea

Paperback Published: 4th May 1999
ISBN: 9780684854342
Number Of Pages: 276

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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.

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Michelle Green The Wall Street Journal Riveting history. Michael Kenney The Boston Globe An altogether fascinating account...lively and...poignant. Judith Dunford Newsday Great fun, exhilarating as a cruise on a windjammer, and no Dramamine required. Holly Morris The New York Times Book Review A valuable collective portrait of intrepid seafaring women -- and an image of domestic challenge that would leave even Martha Stewart spinning.

The Honeymooners
At Sea
Sex and the Seafaring Wife
Children at Sea
Small Ladies
Ship Kitchens
Occupational Therapy
Medical Matters
Hazards of the Sea
Dropping Anchor
On Shore in a Foreign Land
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ISBN: 9780684854342
ISBN-10: 0684854341
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 4th May 1999
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36