This is a well-researched book and a good easy introduction to women's connections with the sea. Lighthouse women, cross-dressed mariners, waterfront sex industry workers, devoted seagoing wives - they're all there. I personally would have liked these women's experiences to be analysed through gendered lenses. In that way they could be seen afresh as part of a context of systematic gendered treatment of one sex by another, not just individuals. Women are PRODUCED by their social situations. And what is fascinating about seawomen is how much their behaviour and treatment on ship is like or unlike that ashore. In other words, I'd like to know more about what led the women in this book to putting on manly disguises, being brave,taking up pirating, having babies on warships etc. What constrained them? What were the after-effects? One of this readable book's great strengths is that it is geographically unboundaried - we learn about Europe but also the US and Australia. The author's knowledge of Caribbean piracy enriches it.
I have been a fan of David's work for a long time and this book does not disappoint. Well researched and with good insight - it was a great read and I highly recommend this book. Great to read by the beach or on an island in the Caribbean where so much of the action took place!