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A groundbreaking work on women in maritime history: Petticoat Whalers: Whaling Wives at Sea 1820-1920 by Joan Druett.
The newspaper article linked below, from an Australian newspaper, may be of interest to readers. It describes (though mostly not in her own words) what happened to a captain’s wife aboard a small German sailing vessel in 1890. Margaretha Meinders (born December 28, 1864 in Papenburg, Germany; died January 12, 1935 in Bremen, Germany) accompanied, together with her five-year old daughter Susanna, her husband captain Meinders, as was not uncommon on Papenburg ships at that time. Disaster struck as they crossed the Indian Ocean, as recorded in the dramatic newspaper account:
[09 Aug 1890 - A SAD STORY OF THE SEA: THE VOYAGE OF THE JOHANNA. - Trove
The Australasian (Melbourne), Saturday, August 9, 1890, p. 40
A SAD STORY OF THE SEA: THE VOYAGE OF THE JOHANNA.