Thursday, March 5, 2009

Shipping Out: The Story of America’s Seafaring Women

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Port of New Bedford Working Waterfront Festival will be showing Shipping Out: The Story of America’s Seafaring Women (56 minutes).

The event is Thursday, March 12th at 7:30 p.m. at the Seaman’s Bethel, 15 Johnny Cake Hill in New Bedford.

Filmed on board merchant ships in coastal waters from Alaska to New York, Shipping Out looks at the little known history of women and seafaring in America. Featured in the program are women who hold jobs in commercial shipping including professions such as engineers, bar pilots, tug boat captains, mates and deckhands.

The film was produced by Maria Brooks whose award winning documentaries, The Men Who Sailed the Liberty Ships and The Odyssey of Captain Healy, have been seen on Public Television.

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