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Women in maritime history

The maritime history is full of great adventures and worldwide known sailors. But this time we like to honour three brave women from the past who have paved the way for women in the shipping industry today.

1. Jeanne Baret

 (July 27, 1740 – August 5, 1807) 

Jeanne Baret was the first woman who circumnavigated the globe. She was a member of Louis Antoine de Bougainville’s expedition on the ships La Bouddeuse and Etoile in 1766–1769. Jean Baret could join the expedition because she disguised herself as a man.

2. Skipper Thuridur


Skipper Thuridur, also known as Iceland’s beloved fishing woman, was one of the world’s earliest woman sailors. She joined her father’s fishing crew at the age of eleven and became a solid part of the crew. Skipper Thuridur was considered as an excellent sailor.

3. Anna Ivanovna Shchetinina

(February 26,1908- September 25, 1999)

Anna Ivanovna Shchetinina was a Soviet merchant marine sailor who became the world’s first female captain and the world’s first woman to serve as a captain of an ocean-going vessel. In 1925, Anna enrolled in the navigation department of the Vladivostok Marine School. After this she worked as a seawoman. At 27, Anna became the world’s first female captain of an ocean-going ship. During World War II Anna Ivanova Shchetinina served as the captain of several vessels.