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Life in Port
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Going to Sea
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Lighthouse Keepers
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Changing Roles for Women
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Women in the Military
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Women in Wartime Production
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Early Yachting and Racing
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Women and the Sea in the 20th Century
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In This Chapter

The Myth

Mermaids
Female Figureheads
Why is a Ship
called "She"?

Myths & Mermaids

Why Is a Ship Called "She"?

Quarterboard from the Schooner Katie Mitchell,
circa 1871
The Mariners' Museum


In the Chesapeake Bay, many of the workboats were traditionally named for women. The names usually reflected a female family member. No one knows where this tradition originated, but a few speculate that the naming tradition reflects the waterman's connection to his family.
Stern Carving from Florence C.,
circa 1870
The Mariners' Museum

 

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