Women at Sea tells the story of a woman’s life aboard a sailing vessel embarking on the China Trade during the late 1800s. Frances Carleton Brastow Amesbury was one of those women whose story tells of an adventurous series of journeys around the world. When not at sea, her story is that of life in the seafaring town of Rockport, Maine. What vessels she and Captain Stanley Amesbury sailed on, what those vessels were like, as well as what life was like on board are all documented in her five line a day journals. She was not the only woman on board a ship in those days, and her relationships with other sea captains’ wives was an important part of her travels.
Frances Carleton Brastow Amesbury is the great aunt of Barbara Brastow Semple, Chatham resident, dedicated volunteer and docent at the Atwood House & Museum. Barbara moved to Chatham with her husband 10 years ago. Before her move, she was the librarian at the Maple Street School and originated a library at the Shaker Road School, both in New Hampshire. She also had a career as the Secretary to the Director of Hellenic Studies, a part of Harvard.
Through Barbara Semple’s reading of her great aunt’s fifteen years of journals, several books, and diaries, our speaker has put together a travelogue highlighting women’s voyages, with an emphasis on Frances Amesbury’s experiences sailing the high seas around the world.
Tickets are available at the door. Doors open at 1:15 pm and seating is limited. Admission: $10, Members Free
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