Joan Druett, author of "Hen Frigates"

Story by John Vonderlin
Email John (benloudman@sbcglobal.net)

Hi June,
Joan Druett the author of “Hen Frigates,” has a nice website at: http://www.joan.druett.gen.nz/hen_frigates
As rare as “Hen Frigates,” were in the history of ship sailing, I thought it interesting that the T.F.. Oakes remained one, even when it changed its name to the “New York.” That both the Oakes’ captain’s wife, Hannah Reed and the New York’s captain’s wife, Mrs. (first name?) Peabody were both publicly cited for extreme bravery and great competence in assuming their husband’s duties when they were disabled during mishap plagued voyages. Too bad, Mrs. Peabody, wasn’t at the helm that night the New York mysteriously fulfilled the cure and ran aground in your front yard. Enjoy. John

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About June Morrall

1947 - 2010
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