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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 influentiaLong 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 influential in opening the Northwest Passage, She Captains brings together a real-life cast of characters whose audacity and bravado will capture the imagination. In her inimitable style, Joan Druett paints a vivid portrait of real women who were drawn to the ocean's beauty -- and danger -- and dared to captain ships of their own....

Title : She Captains: Heroines and Hellions of the Sea
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ISBN : 9780684856919
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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She Captains: Heroines and Hellions of the Sea Reviews

  • Brandy
    2019-05-27 07:44

    Love This book! Ladies- we are going to need a bigger boat!!! Who doesn't want a pet Asp? The beauty of the kill is in the surprise, the dagger you never saw coming.

  • Daniel
    2019-05-31 08:39

    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 them already have already written their own stories, though I expect the writing to be even drier.A very interesting book, revealing some characters that I'd like to read more about, but this particular book won't stand out as a favorite of mine.

  • treva
    2019-06-11 11:01

    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 just as well, and hopefully without the flippant tone.

  • Gwyn Ryan
    2019-06-15 05:57

    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.

  • Jessica
    2019-06-16 08:43

    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.

  • Mary
    2019-06-16 13:00

    From Cleopatra to the Arctic explorer, Louise Arner Boyd women have made their mark on the sea. Druett researched female mariners through the ages and wrote about those that made a difference and paved the way for women today who finally have a place at the helm. Some did it for love, some for adventure and some for shear survival. Druett transports the reader through the ages of pirates, times of war and exploration, inspiring the reader with the strength and fortitude of these remarkable women. I hadn't given much thought to the women who felt a pull of the seas, but had to dress as men in order to gain passage and acceptance, until now. Thankfully times have changed and women are piloting huge ocean vessels without the need of disguise.

  • Colleen Mertens
    2019-06-09 09:47

    This book follows historical women on the high seas. It is thoroughly researched and at times reads a little like a textbook. Many of the women in the book lead interesting lives and the ones about whom we knew more made for much more interesting segments in the book. Several of the women would make for great characters in books of their own.

  • Lynn
    2019-05-26 10:48

    Not at all what I expected. Disorganized, use of unfamiliar terms and phrases with no explanations, barely skimmed some of the more famous examples. Did not enjoy this book.

  • Faith Justice
    2019-05-28 09:47

    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 and I enjoyed hearing about them, but that is not what I expected.The writing is a bit dry and some of the stories seem like padding. I could have done without the chapter on women being captured by Barbary pirates and the space given to Lady Hamilton (Admiral Nelson's paramour), neither of which seem to fit the premise of the book. What did work was the astonishing number of documented women who went to sea as crew disguised as men; or accompanied their husbands on war ships, whalers, or exploratory expeditions. I had no idea that captains regularly took their wives and children with them on long voyages. I'd always suspected that a number of women made their livings from the sea, especially wives, widows and daughters of seaman, fisherman, and shipping magnates; and was glad to have that confirmed.From the chapter on Ice Queens:"The winters of the last two decades of the nineteenth century regularly discovered a dozen or more whaling vessels snugged up in Pauline Cove at Herschel Island in the western Arctic, all neatly roofed over and with the sides banked up with blocks of snow. Quite a town would be established around these strange residences, for native, intrigued by the exotic community, build their snow houses near by on the ice. Inside the ships, it was cozy and both inside and outside it was sociable...In the 1894-95 season there where no fewer than seven European females at Herschel Island...It was a strangely formal existence, with dances, whist parties, costume balls, concerts (one concert party being called "The Herschel Island Snowflakes"), and amateur theatricals. Dinner parties were staged, complete with amazing menus. One included "Lobster salad & olives, Oyster Pate with French peas" and "Bartlett Pears, with citron & sponge cake" for dessert."The book seems well-researched. Druett doesn't use footnotes or offer a comprehensive bibliography, but does have a sixteen-page chapter by chapter list of bibliographical notes and a thirteen-page index. I'd recommend this book for anyone who needs to have their consciousness raised about women and the sea (it wasn't just the boys sailing out there!) It's the kind of book, that doesn't quite rate as a research book, but can inspire additional research into the stories of the individual women covered.

  • Ell Eastwood
    2019-05-20 12:50

    I liked this book, even though it was less about pirates than I had hoped for, and way less about female captains. Still. I remember when the first PotC movie came out and me and my (female) friends became obsessed with the pirate life, saying we wanted to set sail and start slitting throats. A male friend was kind enough to mansplain it to me: "you know that all the women on pirate ships were raped, right?". I wish I could slap him with this book. It's not a big book, it wouldn't hurt him much, but maybe he'd get an infected papercut and be forever deformed.What I didn't like about this book was the times it didn't really talk about women at sea, but rather women whose husband were at sea and they stayed home. It wasn't really what I wanted. Also, the use of the word "female" as a noun and the casual use of "transvestite" to describe a lot of the women who cross-dressed kinda put me off. But the stories were interesting, and the snide-ish comment by the author were funny, so mostly I enjoyed it.

  • Wendy
    2019-06-02 06:33

    I picked this book up because I have always been interested in unconventional women. The women who dressed like men to join our armies, the female pirates, and female spies that were not just the honey pots.I admit, I read this book like a research book. I looked up the parts that interested me and read read those parts. This was because the book reads rather like a ry text book. There is very little passion behind the words. On the other hand, I learned a lot. I had previously thought women were not allowed on ships due to superstitions. On the contrary, women were on ships as bookkeepers, captains, crew, historians, and companions. Not only were these women important, they were essential and some very powerful. I also had no idea ALL women were able to buy shares of these expensive ships like one would with the stock market now.

  • Melanie Terry
    2019-06-08 07:50

    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.

  • Midnight Blue
    2019-06-10 06:56

    A superbly written book with anecdotal tales about the history and relationship of women and the sea; informative without being boring and full of all the interesting details that make history so appealing. Detailed illustrations in the various styles of the periods that the stories are set in add to the enjoyment......a must-read for any woman that wanted to grow up to be a pirate or an explorer!

  • Kate
    2019-05-28 06:45

    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.

  • Kerensa
    2019-05-29 05:54

    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.

  • H.L. Stephens
    2019-06-06 06:41

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great reference for the newbie pirate historian. I always say never have just one book as a reference but if you can only have one to begin with, make sure it has a good base. This is that book for she-captains.

  • Rebecca Nesler
    2019-06-16 07:43

    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!

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-18 11:58

    Not big on the literary flourishes, but a wonderful catalog of female pirates nonetheless.

  • Maria Astua
    2019-06-12 05:45

    Serious research written very accessibly. Only person who talks about Cheng I Sao

  • Fred
    2019-06-06 10:01

    A good reminder that human history is horrific, in the sense that people have been and are inhumane. The book opens true to title, with the second half being only vaguely related.

  • Monica Bond-Lamberty
    2019-06-18 07:59

    Interesting examination of women in the sea

  • Kellie Hendley
    2019-06-08 07:41

    The title is misleading. It's about women at sea, not a lot of captains. But was very informative.

  • Skye
    2019-05-31 10:39

    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.

  • D.H. Hanni
    2019-06-13 09:56

    Just skimmed it for research purposes so didn't read it too in-depth.

  • Pancha
    2019-05-22 04:38

    I really enjoyed Druett's other books (Island of the Lost, Hen-Frigates) but I just couldn't get into this one.

  • C
    2019-05-24 05:54

    Author of Island of the Lost

  • R.Bruce Macdonald
    2019-05-29 06:44

    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.