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New funding - Water-based gendered mobilities in history

The Society for Nautical Research

Date: 7 October 2013

The Society for Nautical Research has just awarded a CEMORE Honorary Research Fellow £1,000 towards her expenses. Dr Jo Stanley (www.jostanley.biz) is writing Women at Sea: From cabin 'boys' to captains, for the History Press.

A historian, she needs to travel widely in Britain to interview pioneering seafarers, such as the first women marine engineers. Some interviews are better done in person rather than by phone, email and Skype, she finds. This is particularly true when it involves looking at a lifetime's photo albums and memorabilia.'It's a bit like visiting a private archive. You do it smell and feel as well as by sight. Certainly not virtually.' Halifax-based Jo says 'I particularly go to ports like Glasgow and Southampton to meet these women.

For example, I'verecently returned from a Gosport meeting with Rachel Dunn. She recently became the very first woman Admiralty marine pilot. 'Captain Dunn takes destroyers and nuclear submarines in and out of Portsmouth harbour. In her kitchen she encouraged me to try on the inflatable coat pilots wear as they climb up a ship's vertical ladder from their boat. What a weight! What bulk! That sort of embodied learning is priceless. 'The experience was particularly valuable because a day earlier I'd been on a tall ship - yes, high masts and ten huge sails - which had been guided by a pilot. Rachel says that pilots joke about "lady drivers" and "parking". I can retaliate by reporting that even though a chap parked us he didn't bash into anything by going too fast,' Jo grins.

The SNR offers several sorts of small grants. Jo was awarded part of the c.£2000 bestowed annually in the name of Dr Roger Charles Anderson, a distinguished naval scholar and founder member of the SNR. http://www.snr.org.uk/pages/research/anderson-fund.

She says 'This grant is invaluable for helping with unavoidable costs such as megabus fares and B&Bs. I need at least £2,000, if not £20,000. So I really appreciate the SNR's contribution towards the book.'

News website: www.jostanley.biz


Further information

Associated departments and research centres: Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), Sociology

Keywords: Gender, Gender identities, History, History of gender, Maritime


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