Women in Whaling

Select bibliography of holdings in the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library


Bonham, Julia C.  “Feminist and Victorian: The Paradox of the American Seafaring Woman of the Nineteenth Century,” in American Neptune, Vol. 37, No. 3, July 1977, p. 203-218.

Brewster, Mary.  “She Was a Sister Sailor”: The Whaling Journals of Mary Brewster, 1845-1851. Edited by Joan Druett. Mystic, CT: Mystic Seaport Museum, 1992.

Brown, Martha Smith Brewer.  She Went A-Whaling: The Journal of Martha Smith Brewer Brown from Orient, Long Island, New York, Around the World on the Whaling Ship Lucy Ann, 1847- 1849. Transcribed and edited by Anne MacKay; with a foreword by Joan Druett. Orient, NY: Oysterponds Historical Society, 1993.

Cordingly, David. Women Sailors and Sailors' Women: An Untold Maritime History. New York: Random House Inc., 2001.

Creighton, Margaret S.  “The Captains’ Children: Life in the Adult World of Whaling, 1852-1907,” in American Neptune, Vol. 38, No. 3, July 1978, p. 203-216.

Darden, Genevieve M.  My Dear Husband. New Bedford: Descendants of Whaling Masters, Inc., 1980. (Reprinted under title Whaling Letters, 2003)

Daubar, Ingrid.  Women in Whaling. National Endowment for the Humanities, 1994.

DePauw, Linda Grant.  Seafaring Women. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1982.

Druett, Joan.  Petticoat Whalers: Whaling Wives at Sea, 1820-1920. Auckland, New Zealand: Collins Pub., 1991. (Reprinted in paperback edition by University Press of New England, 2001)

Druett, Joan.  “The Sad Voyage of Eliza Russell,” in Dukes County Intelligencer, Vol. 36, No. 1, August 1994, p. 37-43.

Druett, Joan, and Wallace, Mary Anne.  The Sailing Circle: 19th Century Seafaring Women from New York. Introduction by Lisa Norling. Long Island, NY: Three Village Historical Society and Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, 1995.

Druett, Joan.  She Captains. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

Druett, Joan.  “Those Female Journals,” in Log of Mystic Seaport, Vol. 40, No. 4, Winter 1989, p. 115-125.

Haring, Jacqueline Kolle.  “Captain, the lad’s a girl!” in Historic Nantucket, Vol. 40, No. 4, Winter 1993, p. 72-73.

Hough, Henry Beetle.  “The Wives Who Wouldn’t Stay Home,” in Yankee, August 1979, p. [80]-85, 96-104.

Iron Men, Wooden Women: Gender and Seafaring in the Atlantic World, 1700-1920.  Edited by Margaret S. Creighton and Lisa Norling. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.

“Ladies of the Morgan,” in Log of Mystic Seaport, Vol. 13, No. 3, July 1961, p. 17-20.

Lawrence, Mary Chipman.  The Captain’s Best Mate: The Journal of Mary Chipman Lawrence on the Whaler Addison, 1856-1860. Providence, RI: Brown Univ. Press, 1966.

Long, George W.  “Why Whalers’ Wives Stayed Home,” in Yankee, Vol. 28, No. 9, Sept. 1964, p. 84, 89, 123-127.

“The Loss of the Whaling Fleet,” by a lady, an eye-witness, in The Independent of New York City, Vol. 23, No. 1199, Nov. 23, 1871, p. 6.

Malley, Richard C.  “On Shore in a Foreign Land: Mary Stark in the Kingdom of Hawaii,” in Log of Mystic Seaport, Vol. 37, No. 3, Fall 1985, p. 79-92.

Norling, Lisa A.  Captain Ahab Had a Wife. Chapel Hill, NC: North Carolina Univ. Press, 2000.

Norling, Lisa A.  “Contrary Dependencies: Whaling Agents and Whalemen’s Families, 1830-1870,” in Log of Mystic Seaport, Vol. 42, No. 1, Spring 1990, p. 3-12.

Norling, Lisa A.  “’How Frought with Sorrow and Heartpangs’: Mariners’ Wives and the Ideology of Domesticity in New England, 1790-1880,” in New England Quarterly, Vol. 65, No. 3, September 1992, p. 422-446.

Norling, Lisa A.  The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Wife: Maritime Marriage in Nineteenth-Century New Bedford. Ithaca, NY: B.A. thesis, 1985.

Norling, Lisa A.  “The Sentimentalization of American Seafaring: The Case of the New England Whalefishery, 1790-1870,” in Jack Tar in History: Essays in the History of Maritime Life and Labour, edited by Colin Howell and Richard Twomey. Fredericton, New Brunswick: Acadiensis Press, 1991.

Oellrich, Margaret.  Over the Wide Ocean: Whaling Wives in Nineteenth-Century America. Boston College Scholar of the College project, 2002.

Penniman, Betsey Augusta.  Augusta Penniman: Journal of a Whaling Voyage 1864-1868. Edited by Yvonne Crevier. Eastham, MA: Eastern National Park and Monument Assoc., 1988.

Ricketson, Annie Holmes.  The Journal of Annie Holmes Ricketson on the Whaleship A.R. Tucker, 1871-1874. New Bedford: Old Dartmouth Historical Society, 1958.

Riggs, Dionis Coffin.  From Off Island, The Story of My Grandmother. In collaboration with Sidney Noyes Riggs. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., 1940.

Sherman, Susan McCooey.  “Lace Curtains in the Captain’s Quarters,” in Log of Mystic Seaport, Vol. 20, No. 1, March 1968, p. 11-14.

Snow, Edward Rowe.  Women of the Sea. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1962.

Stark, Suzanne J.  “The Adventures of Two Women Whalers,” in American Neptune, Vol. 44, No. 1, Winter 1984, p. 22-24.

Sylvia, Eileen.  “Women and Whales,” in Historic Nantucket, Vol. 10, No. 2, Oct. 1962, p. 26-29.

“The Story of George Welden: from the archives,” in Dukes County Intelligencer, Vol. 14, No. 4, May 1973, p. 105-111.

Whiting, Emma Mayhew.  Whaling Wives. [Edgartown, MA]: Dukes County Historical Society, 1965.

Williams, Harold, ed.  One Whaling Family. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1964.

Williams, Harold.  “Whaling Wife: Being Eliza Williams’ Own Journal of Her Thirty-Eight Month Voyage with Her Husband, Master of the Ship Florida, from New Bedford to Japan and the Sea of Okhotsk in Pursuit of the Great Whales,” in American Heritage, Vol. 15, No. 4, June 1964, p. 64-79.