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Petticoat Whalers

Whaling Wives At Sea, 1820-1920
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This is the colourful tale of the whaling ships that plied the Pacific, Atlantic and Antarctic oceans in the nineteenth century, and the men and women who worked and lived on them. Women? Yes - an extraordinary number did accompany their husband-skippers on their long and perilous voyages, despite danger, privation and the undoubted brutality of the trade.
The women travelled from a variety of motivations - to keep their men from the demon grog and the voluptuous, sexually-generous maidens of the Pacific, to spread the Christian word and morals of the day, or simply because they did not like being separated from their menfolk for the four or five years each voyage typically lasted.
This book is about the experiences of these women on board the windjammer whalers and in the boisterous, brawling ports of nineteenth century New Zealand, Hawaii, Australia, Chile and Peru, as well as on a host of exotic islands. It is a book that demanded to be written, and is the result of five years' research on two continents.


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Hardback Editions

September 1992 : New Zealand Hardback

Title: Petticoat Whalers: Whaling Wives at Sea, 1820-1920
Author(s): Joan Druett
ISBN: 1-86950-043-1 / 978-1-86950-043-6 (New Zealand edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins New Zealand
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Paperback Editions

August 2001 : USA Paperback

Title: Petticoat Whalers: Whaling Wives at Sea, 1820 - 1920
Author(s): Joan Druett
ISBN: 1-58465-159-8 / 978-1-58465-159-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: UPNE
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