By Megan Taylor Shockley
In 1852 Hannah Rebecca Crowell married sea captain William Burgess and set sail. inside 3 years, Rebecca Burgess had crossed the equator 11 instances and realized to navigate a vessel. In 1856, 22-year-old Rebecca stored the send Challenger as her husband lay loss of life from dysentery. The widow back to her family’s domestic in Sandwich, Massachusetts, the place she refused all marriage proposals and died prosperous in 1917.
This is the way in which Burgess recorded her tale in her prodigious journals and registers, which she donated to the neighborhood historic society upon her demise, yet there is not any different facts that this dramatic occasion happened precisely this fashion. In The Captain’s Widow of Sandwich, Megan Taylor Shockley examines how Burgess built her personal legend and the way town of Sandwich embraced that background as its personal. via cautious research of myriad basic resources, Shockley additionally addresses how Burgess handled the conflicting gender roles of her lifestyles, reconciling her generally masculine adventures at sea and her self sufficient way of life with the authorised beliefs of the period’s “Victorian woman.”
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