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Myths and Mermaids
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Life in Port
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Going to Sea
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Lighthouse Keepers
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Changing Roles for Women
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Women in the Military
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Women in Wartime Production
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Early Yachting and Racing
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Women and the Sea in the 20th Century
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In This Chapter

Sailor's Departure

The Press Gangs
Working Women
Sailor's Return


Working Women
Tending nets is an almost worldwide occupation for women living and working near the water. Not only does it provide family income while husbands are at sea, but it also makes profitable use of women's skills at macramé that were often learned in girlhood. Repairing nets saves the family money by allowing fishermen to return to sea more quickly, with less money spent on maintenance.

1868 Wood engraving by T. Thomas, after the painting by L. Smythe From The Illustrated London News, December 2, 1865
The Mariners' Museum Research Library and Archives
Belgium, Women Making Nets on Waterfront
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Make a dipnet.
This link will show the basics of netmaking.

Netting or seine needle
Mesh gage, wooden stick one inch in width and about six inches long, sanded smooth
Wooden board about two inches wide and twelve inches long. Insert two nails about six inches apart to hold the net in place.
Ten yards cotton twine

Go to http://www.bertaut.com/
for instructions.


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