Maiden voyages : magnificent ocean liners and the women who traveled and worked aboard them / Siân Evans.
- ISBN: 1250246466 : HRD
- ISBN: 9781250246462 : HRD
- ISBN: 9781250246462
- ISBN: 1250246466
- Physical Description: pages cm
- Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2021.
"Dramatis personae, Josephine Baker ... Tallulah Bankhead ... Victoria Drummond, MBE ... Thelma Furness ... Martha Gellhorn ... Hilda James ... Violet Jessop ... Nin Kilburn ... Hedy Lamarr ... Mary Anne MacLeod ... Maida Nixson ... Marie Riffelmacher ... Edith Sowerbutts."
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Dramatis personae -- Prologue -- Introduction : cresting the waves -- Floating palaces and the "unsinkable" Violet Jessop -- From the Ritz to the Armistice -- Sail away : post-war migration and the escape from poverty -- The roaring twenties -- Edith Sowerbutts and her contemporaries -- For leisure and pleasure -- Depression and determination -- The slide to war -- Women under fire -- Romance, repatriation and recovery -- Conclusion : sailing into the sunset -- Ships' names by "Lucio".
"In an engaging and anecdotal social history, Maiden Voyages explores how women's lives were transformed by the Golden Age of ocean liner travel between Europe and North America. During the early twentieth century, transatlantic travel was the province of the great ocean liners. It was an extraordinary undertaking made by many women, whose lives were transformed by their journeys between the Old World and the New. Some travelled for leisure, some for work; others to reinvent themselves or find new opportunities. They were celebrities, migrants and millionaires, refugees, aristocrats and crew members whose stories have mostly remained untold-until now. Maiden Voyages is a fascinating portrait of these women as they crossed the Atlantic. The ocean liner was a microcosm of contemporary society, divided by class: from the luxury of the upper deck, playground for the rich and famous, to the cramped conditions of steerage or third class travel. In first class you'll meet A-listers like Marlene Dietrich, Wallis Simpson, and Josephine Baker; the second class carried a new generation of professional and independent women, like pioneering interior designer Sibyl Colefax. Down in steerage, you'll follow the journey of émigré Maria Riffelmacher as she escapes poverty in Europe. Bustling between decks is a crew of female workers, including Violet "The Unsinkable Stewardess" Jessop, who survived the Titanic disaster. Entertaining and informative, Maiden Voyages captures the golden age of ocean liners through the stories of the women whose transatlantic journeys changed the shape of society on both sides of the globe"-- Provided by publisher.