hey girls, here's some thoughts from a nineteenth century woman, does this sound like the life for you?
The Nantucket Girl's Song
Then I'll haste to wed a sailor, and send him off to sea,
For the life of independance, is the pleasant life for me.
But every now and then I shall seek to see his face,
For it always seem to me to beam with manly grace.
With his brow so nobly open, and his bright and kindly eyes,
Oh my heart beats fondly towards him, whenever he is nigh.
But when he says "Good bye my love, I'm off across the sea",
First I cry at his departure, then laugh because I'm free !
Wife of Whaling Ship Master
This lady knew what she wanted. She also did go to sea with her husband and wrote a journal about it: