She Captains: Heroines and Hellions of the Sea
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She Captains: Heroines and Hellions of the Sea

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  129 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Long before women had the right to vote, earn money, or have lives of their own, "she captains" -- bold women distinguished for courageous enterprise on the high seas -- thrilled and terrorized their shipmates, performed acts of valor, and pirated with the best of their male counterparts. From the warrior queens of the sixth century b.c. to the female shipowners influentia...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 6th 2001 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2000)
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The deeper we look at history, the more we find women playing prominent roles everywhere. This book shows us how women have played their part on the seas in the eras when such adventure was dominated by men.

The history appears very well researched, though the delivery of such tended to be a bit dry, rarely capturing my reading interest (which is why I only occassionally picked this book up to read a chapter here and there). Many of these women are deserving of their own books or stories, many of...more
Gwyn Ryan
The title is a little misleading - this book isn't just about female ship captains but about the history of women's involvement in all maritime occupations. From young women who disguised themselves as men to work on whaling boats or warships to the wives and daughters who managed the household and raised the family alone while their men were at sea, this book chronicles women's unsung contribution to the nautical world.
Didn't like it so much, but it gave me good ideas for clothes. It motivated me to look up more about the women she mentions.
Interesting concept, really boring in actuality.
Faith Justice
This one sat on my TBR shelf for far too long, but finally got its chance. First of all, I'd say the title is misleading. I expected a book of She Captains, stories of women who captained ships and lead crews. Druett starts off with 78 pages on ancient queens who sailed with their own navies, female Vikings, and actual female pirates. The rest of the book is devoted to women who are captains' wives or mistresses, victims of pirates, or involved in the business end. Their stories are fascinating...more
Melanie Terry
This book is pretty much the only book of its subject on the market. The book has great facts and information, but unfortunately lacks transitions. This book has page after page of facts and history, but reads almost as a list. It is not an easy read and you feel overwhelmed. This book should have been either a lot longer, or more than one book. Don't get me wrong though, the information in this book is well-researched and very interesting. It is worth picking up.
I found this scattered, unfocused, and superficial. The tone was sometimes annoying -- overly playful to the point where it sometimes felt she was making fun of her women subjects. There were so many women, so many time periods, and so many different aspects of Women Of The Sea, that it is logically impossible to get too in depth or too analytical in such a short book. I get that. But while this book may serve as a good introduction to the stories of these women, I think Wikipedia would serve ju...more
Danielle Huffman-hanni
Just skimmed it for research purposes so didn't read it too in-depth.
Mostly Euro-centric, but with some discussion of women in Austrialia, America, and a brief flirt with China (where are my Japanese pearl divers?), Druett explores the colorful, and often overlooked, lives of women under the sail.

My favorites were obviously the lighthousekeepers.
No, this book is not exclusively about she captains, but it is a history of various heroines and hellions of the sea as well as other ladies that had some involvement. I found this to be a very interesting read and I enjoyed the writing style.

Rebecca Nesler
Sep 12, 2007 Rebecca Nesler rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls and women
Shelves: history, feminism
This book proves not only that women were pirates but captains as well and that it wasn't entirely uncommon. This is a great way to dispel the many myths about women of the past. Women are strong and have always been strong. Yarg!

Chock full of information, but hard to follow at times. The book was less about female captains than notable females who were somehow related to the sea, but an interesting read nonetheless.
R.Bruce Macdonald
A fresh look at women aboard ships through the ages. I quite enjoyed it as did my two daughters- who grew up aboard a sailing ship.
I really enjoyed Druett's other books (Island of the Lost, Hen-Frigates) but I just couldn't get into this one.
Kellie Hendley
The title is misleading. It's about women at sea, not a lot of captains. But was very informative.
Not big on the literary flourishes, but a wonderful catalog of female pirates nonetheless.
Maria Astua
Serious research written very accessibly. Only person who talks about Cheng I Sao
Not enough captaining - many many shes.
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