Non-conformists: female sailors

{See also Female soldiers }

{See also Cross dressing women }

{See also Cross dressing women press cuttings I }

{See also Cross dressing women press cuttings II}

At one point there were so many reports of male sailors being discovered to be female that The Examiner commented on 25th March 1843:

Two or three years ago there was a great run on female sailors. Every newspaper has its paragraph announcing the discovery of a female sailor. The result was a through conviction in the public mind that all sailors were female sailors - that there were no other sailors than female sailors in disguise; and now the curiosity would be the discovery of a male sailor, if such a phenomenon could be well authenticated'.

Caledonian Mercury 5 Feb 1814

The Charter 29 Dec 1839

Freeman's Journal 24 July 1841

Freeman's Journal 13 Dec 1843

Caledonian Mercury 28 Sept 1846

The Era 23 May 1847

Derby Mercury 31 Aug 1859

Leeds Mercury 19 Jan 1860

Glasgow Herald 10 July 1860

Liverpool Mercury 13 Dec 1865

Illustrated Police News 5 Jan 1868

Illustrated Police News 3 May 1873