Ida Lewis, fearless, capable and determined, rescued drowning sailors for almost 40 years from the icy waters of the harbor near Lime Rock Light in Newport Harbor, Rhode Island. This illustration is from the book, "Women of the Century" By Phebe Ann Hanaford 1876. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.
Representing courage, ability, and resolve, qualities of the women whose daily lives were non-traditional, but no less valuable, than a man’s in the same jobs, is a collection of literature on Women in Maritime History. The years spanning the middle of the 19th century through the middle of the 20th century was an era most notably exceptional for women, as the Age of Sail offered unlimited adventures to the brave.
Watch for selected titles coming soon to the Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library:
Ahab's Wife, Or, The Stargazer: A Novel. / by Sena Jeter Naslund, and Christopher Wormell. New York: Harper Perennial, 1999.
Captain Ahab Had a Wife: New England Women & the Whalefishery, 1720-1870. / by Lisa Norling. Chapel Hill, N.C: U of North Carolina, 2000.
The First, the Few, the Forgotten: Navy and Marine Corps Women in World War I. / by Jean Ebbert and Marie Hall. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute, 2002.
Girl on the Ocean Floor. / by Lotte Hass. London: Harrap, 1972.
Iron Men, Wooden Women: Gender and Seafaring in the Atlantic World, 1700-1920. / by Margaret S. Creighton. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.
The Island of the Fisherwomen. / by Fosco Maraini. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1962.
Moon Tides: Jeju Island Grannies of the Sea. / by Brenda Sunoo, and Youngsook Han. Seoul: Seoul Selection, 2011.
The Pirate Queen: Queen Elizabeth I, Her Pirate Adventurers, and the Dawn of Empire. / by Susan Ronald. New York: HarperCollins, 2007.
Women Sailors and Sailors' Women: An Untold Maritime History. / David Cordingly. Random House, 2001.