She Captains : Heroines and Hellions of the Sea
In an innovative look at maritime history from the female perspective, Joan Druett introduces a remarkable array of characters and re-creates their adventures with a captivating immediacy and wit. There are 'pirate queens' armed with cutlasses and pistols who strike fear into the hearts of sailors. There are sea-loving women and women eager to be with the men they loved, who dress as men and join unsuspecting crews where they serve with honour and daring. The brave housekeepers and rescue workers are here too - including twenty year old Grace Darling, whose rescue of nine castaways in 1838 inspired a torrent of books, songs and poemss. Finally, 'A Woman at the Helm' shines a spotlight on the long line of 'she captains' who conquered dangerous seas and commanded rough crews, often displaying fortitude lacking in many of their male counterparts.
- Paperback | 304 pages
- 139.7 x 213.36 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
- 06 Mar 2001
- SIMON & SCHUSTER
- New York, United States
- 100 b-w illus. t-o
Donna Seaman Booklist Druett is as valued for her jaunty storytelling as she is for reclaiming the forgotten lives of seafaring women....Maritime lore has always been rich in romance and suffering; Druett's revelations increase its fascination tenfold. David Hays coauthor of My Old Man and the Sea Joan Druett's She Captains sweeps across the decks as a gale of tales -- saucy and surprising, always seaworthy. A sparkling voyage. Karin Winegar Minneapolis Star Tribune Great reading, especially for those who love tales of risk, glory, gritty adventure, and action-packed history.
Table of contents
ContentsIntroductionOne: The Warrior-QueensTwo: The ValkyriaThree: Mistress Cowtie and the PiratesFour: Pirate QueensFive: Captured by Corsairs Six: The WidowsSeven: Bonny & ReadEight: "The Naked Truth"Nine: Ship's BusinessTen: Fatal ShoresEleven: Fatal ImpactTwelve: The Deceit of DressThirteen: Decently SkirtedFourteen: War BrideFifteen: Women of WarSixteen: Nelson's WomenSeventeen: Voyages of DiscoveryEighteen: To the Rescue!Nineteen: Northwest PassageTwenty: Ice QueensTwenty-one: A Woman at the HelmEditorial NoteSourcesIndex
About Joan Druett
Joan Druett is a maritime historian and the author of EXOTIC INTRUDERS, which won a PEN Award. She lives in New Zealand with her husband Ron, a maritime artist.