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FEMALE TARS Women aboard ship in the age of sail-Stark
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FEMALE TARS
Women aboard ship in the age of sail
by
Suzanne J. Stark

First published by Constable and Company Ltd., 1996.

This soft back edition by Pimlico 1998

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A card bound book in NEAR FINE condition

ISBN 0712666605

Weight wrapped <500gms.

136 mm. x 216 mm. x 16 mm.

 

Naval Social History section: This covers any period where the subject matter is social history or, as in particular memoirs; there is material relevant to the subject. On occasions other navies are featured, not just the Royal Navy.

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`A lively and intelligent study, not just of the diverse (and, by historians, largely unnoticed) roles of women in the British Navy, but of the broader question of morals and mores in Hanoverian England.'
John Adamson, Sunday Telegraph

The presence of women on board the ships of the Royal Navy in the Age of Sail has been disregarded by historians and ignored and even hidden by the navy. Suzanne Stark is the first to seriously address the issue of female 'tars', and here she presents an in-depth study of the women who lived and worked on British warships of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Stark thoroughly investigates the custom of allowing prostitutes to live with the crews of warships in port and why the Royal Navy unofficially condoned the practice. She offers revealing accounts of the wives of warrant officers and seamen who spent years at sea living — and fighting — beside their men without pay or even food rations, and of the women in male disguise who actually served as seamen or marines. Stark disentangles fact from fiction and explains such perplexing phenomena as the willingness of women to join the navy when most of the men had to be forced on board by press gangs. The final chapter is devoted to the autobiography of one redoubtable seagoing woman: Mary Lacy, who served as a seaman and shipwright in the Royal Navy for twelve years.

`The first comprehensive and thoroughly documented study of a side of naval history which, even today, orthodox official hypocrisy would prefer to expunge from the record....A gripping read.'
Alan Cameron, Lloyd's List

`Suzanne Stark's book has told me many, many things that I did not know, and I shall keep it on an honoured shelf.'
Patrick O'Brian

Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 1
Prostitutes and Seamen's Wives on Board in Port
CHAPTER 2
Women of the Lower Deck at Sea
CHAPTER 3
'Women in Disguise in 'Naval Crews
CHAPTER 4
The Story of Mary Lacy, Alias William Chandler
Notes
Index

Illustrations

1. A bumboat carrying prostitutes out to a naval ship
2. A female West Indian field hand dancing with seamen
3. Tars and their women carousing on the lower deck
4. Romance on the lower deck
5. A seaman and his wife on deck
6. A seaman's wife in the midst of battle
7. The rescue of Jeannette
8. A seaman, perhaps a woman seaman
9. The marine Hannah Snell in civilian male clothing
10. The English heroine, Hannah Snell
11. Mary Lacy, alias William Chandler, is accused of being a woman

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