She Was a Sister Sailor: Mary Brewster's Whaling Journals 1845-1851
Edited by Joan Druett
"She was a sister sailor." wrote Mary Brewster upon meeting another whaling wife at Hawaii in 1846, and indeed, these women were members of a pioneering sorority. In an age when whaling was a major American maritime industry, and whaleships combed the distant seas for years at a time in search of their quarry, several hundred women defied convention and went to sea with their captain husbands. Although a few whaling women preceded Mary Brewster, her journals of two voyages, 1845-51, now preserved at Mystic Seaport's G.W. Blunt White Library, offer us the earliest full picture of a woman's life at sea.
Published by Mystic Seaport, 1992 11" x 7-1/2" 449 pages