Wives of Merchant Captains Under Sail
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History, I often think, is like a tap on the shoulder. This story of what it was like to be a captain's wife or daughter at sea is eloquent evidence of this, for the writing involved a whole series of nudges from the past. The research for Hen Frigates was an ever-evolving process, which included the discovery of a long-hidden nineteenth-century gravestone, a wedding portrait that returned home, and diaries hidden in an attic.
Like many a good yarn, this one begins with a discovery made on a tropical isle. The year was 1984. My husband, Ron, and I were cycling around the island of Rarotonga, one of the Cook Islands...see more
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