Dorothea Duff: Female seafaring pioneer or serial fantasist?

By Frank Scott, published February 2020


This short note explores the life and alleged sea faring adventures of Dorothea Duff in the early 20th century.  The author suggests that contrary to Duff’s claims of having served before the mast on two square riggers sailing from Australia to the UK, the evidence suggests she actually travelled as a passenger. The author also debunks claims that Duff was a racing driver, an aviator, and travelled in Nepal and Tibet.  Duff was imprisoned in 1940 along with other members of the British Union of Fascists.

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Filed under: Interwar
Subjects include: Biography | Science & Exploration

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