The Lady Tars

The Lady Tars

The Autobiographies of Hannah Snell, Mary Lacy and Mary Anne Talbot

Hannah Snell, Mary Lacy, Mary Anne Talbot


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Out of Print for over 200 Years, the original text of three of the most remarkable naval biographies ever written.

We know that women served as sailors in the Royal Navy as early as 1650. Unfortunately, what little we know of these women is based largely on second- and third-hand accounts and deductions. In general, few seamen (and even fewer sea-women) knew how to write. As a result, there exists no first-hand, autobiographical, accounts—with three exceptions.

Three women—three lady tars—left memoirs of their experiences serving as men in the Royal Navy.

HANNA SNELL (1723-1792), MARY LACY (1740-1773+), MARY ANN TALBOT (1778-1808)

Fireship Press is proud to make available—for the first time in one volume—the text of the original editions of all three of these astonishing autobiographies.