Hen Frigates: Wives of Merchant Captains Under Sail

Hen Frigates: Wives of Merchant Captains Under Sail


By (author) Joan Druett

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  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 234mm x 24mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 3 September 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0285634488
  • ISBN 13: 9780285634480
  • Illustrations note: 100 b&w photographs
  • Sales rank: 1,621,146

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Anyone who thought that life aboard ship was for men only should read this book. During the 19th century many women set sail as the wives of merchant captains and thanks to the surviving diaries, log books and letters of about 150 of these American 'hen frigates', as they were known, Druett is able to reconstruct some of the experiences of female and family life at sea. It was an existence fraught with danger: high seas, murderous pirates, unsavoury conditions. But it avoided the loneliness of being left at home for years on end and offered a unique chance to see the world. This is a fascinating glimpse of a world hitherto unexplored. (Kirkus UK)