An illustrated lecture by Captain Laurel Seaborn.
Laurel Seaborn, a maritime archaeologist and sailing ship captain, offers an in-depth look at the brave women who went to sea in the nineteenth century. This program is free for CAM members/$10 for non-members (includes Museum admission)
During the 19th century, when women chose to go to sea in sailing ships, they contributed as nurses, nannies and navigators, and in extreme cases took command of the ship. Their journals describe the objects built or brought on board specifically for them. Besides the beds, chairs, and parlor organs that might be found during an archaeological excavation of a shipwreck, their personal possessions such as jewelry, sewing kits and children’s toys would also convey evidence of how the culture on ships changed with a woman’s presence. The investigation of these artifacts, as clues into the lives of these seafaring women, is part of Captain Seaborn’s ongoing PhD research at the University of New Hampshire.
Laurel Seaborn is a maritime archaeologist and sailing ship captain with a Masters degree in underwater archaeology and maritime history from the Maritime Studies Program at East Carolina University, one of only two such programs in the United States. She has crewed and captained both modern and historic sailing ships, gaining first-hand knowledge of vessels types, construction and life at the sea, and has worked on archaeological projects doing underwater excavations on such renowned ships as Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge and Captain Kidd’s Cara Merchant. This past year Seaborn co-founded the nonprofit organization SEAMAHP (Seafaring Education and Maritime Archaeological Heritage Program), which focuses on experiential and place-based learning for those interested in hands-on training in maritime history and archaeology. This program is free for CAM members / $10 for non-members (includes admission). Space is limited; reservations are required.
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