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The search for Mary-Ann Sherman was by no means easy. Many women learned to navigate the ship, which became quite handy if their husband or the mates were unable due to illness or death. As a maritime historian, I did not expect to be more than personally interested when I started to peruse those journals.

Other times a well calculated jump was the only way from ship to boat. Every waterside hamlet had its pier, complete with a shed where cargoes could be stored, and most had a small shipyard as well. The schooner she sailed upon, the Jacob S.

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It would have to begin with those who sailed on voyages that were much more prosaic than Mary Swift Jones's, though, for that is where women's seafaring started. Illegitimate by birth, dying on a far-off isle, she had left no official records. This could often be a challenge and involved strapping the woman into her armchair with the stars and stripes, ensuring her modesty. Carrie knew the problems of freights and markets, too, and had friends in another port, even if it was just Norwich, Connecticut, on the far side of Long Island Sound. In this article Beall talks about the benefits of reading and writing journals and how we all have stories to tell.

And so their stories can be fully told, described in the words that they chose. As an experience, it was perfectly magical. In her portrait she is dressed plainly in black, her appearance relieved only by a few touches of white lace at her throat and wrists, and the small bunch of flowers in her hand. There was no book, however. Even their costume was against them.

Yet these were ordinary, conservative, middle-class women, certainly not rebels or adventurers. Included are an appendix and index that should help anyone wanting to further research this topic. Performance and reliability cookies These cookies allow us to monitor OverDrive's performance and reliability. Here, for the first time in more than a decade of researching nineteenth-century seafaring women, firsthand documentation of a woman's coasting lay before me. Without these cookies, we won't know if you have any performance-related issues that we may be able to address.

Meanwhile, a small historical society in East Setauket, Long Island, had been presented with a portrait. It is striking how often the women were related to each other by birth or marriage, too.

It answers the question of why one would even consider this, and gives a dose of what their lives were like. And that was when history tapped me on the shoulder again. The ships and voyages are as varied as the women themselves. Her last voyage was on the whaleship James Maury was a sad one. In early settlements, an extensive coastal trade grew out of necessity.

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