Women at Sea: Maine’s Seafaring Wives & Daughters
May 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
An old sailors’ superstition holds that women at sea bring bad luck. Yet, despite, or in defiance of this belief, many women did go to sea for long voyages under sail. In “Women at Sea,” Ms. Cipperly Good of the Penobscot Marine Museum will use historic photographs and dramatic readings to explore the herstories of Maine wives and daughters who accompanied their husbands and fathers during the 19th and early 20th centuries to all parts of the world. Some of these women were born at sea into the profession of seafarer, while others joined their loved ones with initial trepidation. With letters, manuscripts and newspaper articles from the Penobscot Marine Museum’s archives, Ms. Good will tell of, and those attending the Zoom session will learn of the many varied experiences of these sea-going women, among whom were Joanna C. Colcord, of Searsport, who published a collection of chanteys and sea ballads, and Ruth Montgomery, of East Boothbay, who documented her life at sea as an accomplished photographer.