Female Tars: Women Aboard Ship in the Age of Sail

TitleFemale Tars: Women Aboard Ship in the Age of Sail
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsStark, Suzanne J.
PublisherNaval Institute Press
CityAnnapolis, MD

This monograph presents an in-depth study of the women who lived and worked on British warships of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Stark thoroughly investigatesĀ the custom of allowing prostitutes to live with the crews of warships on port, what led women to engage in such acts and why the Royal Navy unoffically condoned the practice. Firsthand accounts of the wives of warrant officers and seaman who spent years at sea lving and fighting aseide theri men without pay or food rations are also offered. [WorldCat]

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