OUT: a sixty-minute video documentary targeted to public
television stations, schools, and libraries. Our program
tells the little-known history of women and seafaring
in America. Meet women who hold jobs in commercial
shipping, working on container ships, bulk cargo carriers
and tankers, as well as coastal tugs, barges, and ferry
boats, all on Americas waterways.
Meet marine engineers, harbor and bar pilots, tug boat
captains, mates, and able bodied seamen along with the
pioneers of women seafarers the stewards.
Women were allowed into maritime academies beginning
in 1974. The women who graduated were the first officers to
sail on merchant ships in America. Often they were unwelcomed
by their male colleagues and sometimes they were harassed..
But they perservered.
Although it is not well known, there have been women on ships
for hundreds of years - most often they were disguised as men
or they were pirates or they were hard working
wives of sea captains. SHIPPING OUT looks at the history of
women and the sea and how traditional attitudes influenced womens
SHIPPING OUT is available on DVD for $24.95.
companion booklet, A Teachers Guide to Shipping
Out is also offered.