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This is a second-hand hardcover book.

Condition: The dust jacket has surface rubbing, light fading to the spine area, and a 3cm tear with creasing and wear around it. There is a light slant to the spine, and light shelf wear to the bottom edge of the cover around the spine area. There is light browning to the edges of the compressed pages. Two page have light age spotting to the top edge, the rest of the pages are clean and bright. The rest of the book has no faults.

The dimensions: 192 x 269 mm.
Pages: 213
Publisher: Collins
Publication date: 1991 first edition


Petticoat Whalers: Whaling wives at sea, 1820-1920
By Joan Druett

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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