Read online or download a free book: Jella: From Lagos To Liverpool - A Woman At Sea In A Man's World
Publisher: Gollancz: 2nd Revised edition edition (16 Sept. 1993)
By: Dea Birkett (Author)
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This is Dea Birkett's story of her voyage from Lagos, along the West African coast and across the ocean to Liverpool, as a member of crew on a working cargo vessel - the only woman on board. It traces her slow, awkward progress from being a girl in a flowery dress who walked up the gangway in Apapa Docks, Lagos, to the boiler-suited cadet called 'Jella' - 'small boy' in the language of the Sierra Leonean crew. The book is also a testament to the men the author sailed with, the last of those who have been working the West African trade route for over a hundred years. This was to be one of their last voyages. The shipping line has folded, and with it the way of life at sea to which Dea Birkett was a last, privileged witness. She also wrote 'Spinsters Abroad: Victorian Lady Explorers' and 'Pitcairn'.
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