Synopses & Reviews
This book devoted to the stories of heroines of the sea, by the master of New England maritime lore, Edward Rowe Snow, was originally published in 1962. Included in this collection are Hannah Burgess, who navigated her husband's clipper ship safely to port after his death; His Kai Ching, a widow who took command of her husband's pirate fleet; Mrs. Jones, a Methodist missionary who was the sole survivor of the Maria, wrecked off the coast of Antigua in 1826; Madame Desnoyer, who was cast adrift with her two children and a servant off Santo Domingo in 1767, after her husband had been murdered; and Alice Rowe Snow, the author's own mother, who spent most of her first twenty years at sea aboard ships commanded by her father.
The women in Edward Rowe Snow's life-his mother, his wife, and his daughter-were all-important to him. So it's not surprising that the master of New England maritime lore dedicated an entire book to heroines of the deep. Ever since the beginning of time, women have played a far greater part in the lives of men, both ashore and at sea, than the average man cares to admit, wrote Snow. I have on hand a list of more than 600 items which show women out on the ocean at their best and at their worst.
A book devoted to the stories of heroines of the sea, by the master of New England maritime lore.
About the Author
Edward Rowe Snow was a masterful storyteller famous for his tales of the sea and New England history. As the Flying Santa, he flew in small planes and helicopters over the lighthouses of New England, dropping Christmas parcels for the keepers and their families.