Book Review-‘The Captain’s Wife, by A. Eames

By Helen Doe, published December 2020


The opportunities in the nineteenth century for women to go to sea were restricted. Merchant sailing ships had limited accommodation since naturally the major space was for cargo. Living accommodation was cramped and all the crew, except the master/captain, shared quarters. The master, by tradition, had a separate space and thus master’s wives could be accommodated and several did just that, accompanying their husband’s on often long and hard voyages. Evidence of their presence is limited to a few surviving letters home and journals, so the publication in English of the journal of a captain’s wife is most welcome…

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Biography

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