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Hen Frigates by Joan Druett
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Oct 22, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010-fall-challenge, history, shipboard-life, women, nonfiction
Read in October, 2010

When we think of Victorian women, we do not often immediately think in terms of adventure, but there were a number of women--the wives of captains of the great sailing ships--who rather matter of factly sailed with the their husbands.
Druett has condensed these lives into a very readable account of what sailing, often as the only woman on board, meant in terms of liveability. I had already read book length accounts of two of these women (Susan Hathorn and Mary Ann Patten), but Hen Frigates opened up many new facets of the lives of these women. It makes our present-day whining about the inconviences of air travel seem trivial.



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