Tuesday, April 9, 2013

First female sea captain in North America

Born and raised in Alma, New Brunswick, Molly Kool started her life at sea helping her father sail the lumber scow the Jean Kthrough some of the most challenging waters in the world, including the changing tides of the Bay of Fundy and the Reversing Falls in Saint John. When it came time for Molly to choose her own career, her first instinct was to get her captain's licence, but doing so would involve more than just hard work--it would also mean changing some of Canada's oldest laws. But thanks to her inspiring example and the tireless efforts of contemporaries in the 1930s and '40s, the Shipping Act of Canada was changed and Molly became the first female sea captain in North America. With interviews, colour photos, and background on other women pioneers and shipping practices in the early twentieth century, Molly Kool: Captain of the Atlanticalso includes an interview with the first woman to command a Canadian warship, Commander Josee Kurtz.


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