NICHOLS, Louise. LADD, Grace F.)
Title: Quite a Curiosity : The Sea Letters of Grace F. Ladd. First Edtiion, Paperback.
Publisher:  Nimbus Press, Halifax, 2003, ISBN:1551094169
Seller ID: 60561
(LADD, Grace F.). NICHOLS, Louise. Quite a Curiosity : The Sea Letters of Grace F. Ladd. [Edited by] Louise Nichols. (Halifax, NS) : Nimbus Press, (2003). First Printing. Pp (4),-196. Illustrated with photos to text. 8vo, illustrated pale green card covers. Grace (Forrest) Ladd (b. December 2, 1864, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia - d. March 8, 1942). "Grace (Forrest) Ladd was born into a distinguished Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Family in 1864 during the province's golden age of sail. Intelligent, attractive and gregarious, she could easily have fitted the stereotypical image of a Victorian socialite. But she was anything but typical. At age twenty-one she married a sea captainand spent most of the next twenty-five years , until he retired in 1915 sa iling with him around the world. Grace Forrest married Fred Ladd while he was captain ot the 1,320-ton barque Morning Light, and sailed with him from New York to Shanghai on a "honeymoon" voyage. Fred took command of the steel-hulled barque Belmont in 1891, and this vessel became Grace's permanent home for almost twenty years. She kept in touch with those at home by mail, and it is her letters to her father Charles E. Brown that form the main content or this book. Her letters provide an intimate insight into her role aboard ship — her relationships with the captain and the crew, the day to dayroutine of a woman's life at sea, the birth of her children, and the chall enges and difficulties that arose as well as her responses to emergencies. Grace's letters also serve to dispel the notion that Victorian women were fragile or subservient. Here was a courageous, energetic and curious woman whose relationship with her husband was one or companionship and mutual respect. Her exchanges with her father are light and good-natured, and he obviously approved of her nomadic life as she communicated with him from the FarEast, Africa, India, New Zealand and Australia, Scandinavia and the Britis h Isles, South America and the Caribbean. This engaging narrative of a woman s iite at sea aiso contains excerpts from the diary of Grace's daughter, Katherine Ladd, which provide perspective on Grace's character and the strong influence she had on her seafaring family. " - from the cover. With a glossary of nautical terms and a bibliography. Very good. 14.00