During the nineteenth century it became increasingly common for merchant service masters to take their wives to sea, particularly in the whaling industry, where voyages of 2-3 years were not uncommon. Reflecting the sailor's traditional dislike of women on board - seen as unlucky by the superstitious and disruptive by the more rational - these ships were derisively dubbed 'Hen Frigates' and although they have been the fashionable subject of academic interest in recent years, there is not much literature by the women ...

Captain's Wife 2012, Seaforth Publishing, Barnsley

ISBN-13: 9781848321250