The Floating Brothel: The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-Century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts
  • The Floating Brothel: The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-Century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts
  • The Floating Brothel: The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-Century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts

The Floating Brothel: The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-Century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts

by Sian Rees
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786886749

ISBN-13: 9780786886746

Pub. Date: 03/12/2003

Publisher: Hachette Book Group

Now in paperback, the incredible true story of a shipload of "disorderly girls" and the men who transported them, fell for them, and sold them.

This riveting work of rediscovered history tells for the first time the plight of the female convicts aboard the Lady Julian, which set sail from England in 1789 and arrived in Australia's Sydney Cove a year later. The

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Now in paperback, the incredible true story of a shipload of "disorderly girls" and the men who transported them, fell for them, and sold them.

This riveting work of rediscovered history tells for the first time the plight of the female convicts aboard the Lady Julian, which set sail from England in 1789 and arrived in Australia's Sydney Cove a year later. The women, most of them petty criminals, were destined for New South Wales to provide its hordes of lonely men with both sexual favors and progeny. But the story of their voyage is even more incredible, and here it is expertly told by a historian with roots in the boat-building business and a true love of the sea.

Siân Rees delved into court documents and firsthand accounts to extract the stories of these women's experiences on board a ship that both held them prisoner and offered them refuge from their oppressive existence in London. At the heart of the story is the passionate relationship between Sarah Whitelam, a convict, and the ship's steward, John Nicol, whose personal journals provided much of the material for this book. Along the way, Rees brings the vibrant, bawdy world of London—and the sights, smells, and sounds of an eighteenth-century ship—vividly to life. In the tradition of Nathaniel Philbrick's In the Heart of the Sea, this is a winning combination of dramatic high seas adventure and untold history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786886746
Publisher:
Hachette Book Group
Publication date:
03/12/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
258
Sales rank:
609,849
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range:
17 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

Forewordxv
1.Disorderly Girls1
2.Fair British Nymphs19
3.Gaol Fever35
4.Galleons Reach45
5.Life in the River55
6.Capital Convicts Condemned66
7.Leaving London80
8.Becoming in Turns Outrageous93
9.Santa Cruz de Tenerife105
10.Crossing the Line124
11.The Birth of John Nicol Junior141
12.The Wreck of the Guardian157
13.Cape Town to Sydney Cove169
14.A Cargo So Unnecessary184
15.Love Pilgrimages202
Principal Characters215
Select Bibliography219
Index225
Map: The Voyage of the Lady Julian, July 1789-June 1790238

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