The Captain's A Woman: Tales of a Merchant Mariner

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Deborah Doane Dempsey's maritime career has been filled with firsts. She was the first female to graduate from a U.S. maritime or military academy. The first American woman to be licensed as a master mariner and to command a cargo ship on international voyages. The first woman to become a regular member of the Council of American Master Mariners. The only woman among nine ship captains to earn the U.S. Navy's Meritorious Public Service Award during the Persian Gulf War. But this book clearly shows that Dempsey ...
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Deborah Doane Dempsey's maritime career has been filled with firsts. She was the first female to graduate from a U.S. maritime or military academy. The first American woman to be licensed as a master mariner and to command a cargo ship on international voyages. The first woman to become a regular member of the Council of American Master Mariners. The only woman among nine ship captains to earn the U.S. Navy's Meritorious Public Service Award during the Persian Gulf War. But this book clearly shows that Dempsey takes pride not so much in being a trail blazer as in having earned the respect of colleagues by paying her dues and passing the tests faced by any seagoing officer. Now a pilot working the treacherous Columbia River Bar, Dempsey is surprisingly matter-of-fact about her achievements, so it's left to her coauthor, Joanne Reckler Foster, to provide a landlubber's perspective. Together, their point/counterpoint description of the captain's job makes fascinating reading.
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The biography<-->mostly diary entries<-->of a decorated merchant marine captain. The author (with her co-author) recounts her experiences as the first woman to graduate from a US maritime or military academy, her rescue of a drifting freighter that earned her every major American maritime award, and her current work as a pilot on the Columbia River Bar. Includes a glossary of naval terms to keep you from calling a ship a boat. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557501646
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Pages: 269
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Girl Loves Ship, Girl Saves Ship, Girl Loses Ship 1
Landlubber's Log: 1-2 February 1994 30
2 The Wind Lass Finds the Rainbow 39
Landlubber's Log: 3-10 February 1994 52
3 Castine, Main - Unsettled 1976 65
Landlubber's Log: 11-12 February 1994 84
4 Exxon Property 88
Landlubber's Log: 13-14 February 1994 100
5 The Love Boat 106
Landlubber's Log: 15-18 February 1994 120
6 One On and One Off - Temporarily 129
Landlubber's Log: 19-21 February 1994 135
7 Around the World in 127 Days 140
Landlubber's Log: 22-23 February 1994 154
8 It's More Fun When You're the Captain 163
Landlubber's Log: 24-26 February 1994 184
9 If the Pilot Refuses, Dock the Ship Yourself 192
Landlubber's Log: 27-28 February 1994 217
10 "How Long Have You Been in the Captin Buessness?" 220
Landlubber's Log: 1-6 March 1994 233
11 The Best View of Alexandria, Egypt, Is Over the Stern 240
Landlubber's Log: 7-12 March 1994 252
Epilogue: Is There Life After Lykes? 259
Glossary 265
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