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

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 25, 2009 - History - 320 pages
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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.

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Review: Seafaring Women: Adventures of Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways & Sailors' Wives

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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 ... Read full review

Review: Seafaring Women: Adventures of Pirate Queens, Female Stowaways & Sailors' Wives

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Entertaining read, but more of a series of anecdotes than a comprehensive history. Moreover, it only covers Western sailors, almost exclusively Brits and Americans, and from around 1650-1850. I'd ... Read full review


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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 and the author of Under the Black Flag, an acclaimed history of piracy. Cordingly lives with his wife and family by the sea in Sussex, England.

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