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Born and raised in Alma, New Brunswick, Molly Kool started her life at sea helping her father sail the lumber scow the Jean K through 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 licen Born and raised in Alma, New Brunswick, Molly Kool started her life at sea helping her father sail the lumber scow the Jean K through 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 Atlantic also includes an interview with the first woman to command a Canadian warship, Commander Josee Kurtz.


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Born and raised in Alma, New Brunswick, Molly Kool started her life at sea helping her father sail the lumber scow the Jean K through 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 licen Born and raised in Alma, New Brunswick, Molly Kool started her life at sea helping her father sail the lumber scow the Jean K through 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 Atlantic also includes an interview with the first woman to command a Canadian warship, Commander Josee Kurtz.

17 review for Molly Kool: First Female Captain Of The Atlantic

  1. 4 out of 5

    Debby Donnelly

    A lovely little book about the history of a young woman challenging male roles in New Brunswick. It ends with a chapter on my colleague and friend, Josee Kurtz of the Canadian Navy. Good historical book on Canadian women at sea.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Great.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    This was a hugely inspirational story and a great role model for all women, especially young girls. A real Canadian & dare I say feminist heroine?! My only complaint was that the book was a bit thin. I would've liked to have seen the story fleshed out more. I was hoping for a real biography, but this has the look & feel of one of those Scholastic books for kids. I'm awfully glad that this book exists, though! This was a hugely inspirational story and a great role model for all women, especially young girls. A real Canadian & dare I say feminist heroine?! My only complaint was that the book was a bit thin. I would've liked to have seen the story fleshed out more. I was hoping for a real biography, but this has the look & feel of one of those Scholastic books for kids. I'm awfully glad that this book exists, though!

  4. 4 out of 5

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