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Hello sailor! : the hidden history of gay life at sea

Author: Paul Baker; Jo Stanley
Publisher: London : Longman, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When gays had to be closeted, ships were the only places where homosexual men could not only be out but also camp. And on some liners to the sun and the New World, queens and butches had a ball. They sashayed and minced their way across the world's oceans. These are the stories of thousands of queer seafarers, mainly stewards, who sometimes even outnumbered the straight men in the catering departments of ships that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Baker, Paul, 1972-
Hello sailor!
London : Longman, 2003
(OCoLC)652361910
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Baker; Jo Stanley
ISBN: 0582772141 9780582772144
OCLC Number: 49692147
Description: xiv, 257 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. When queer was covert --
Ch. 2. A place of freedom --
Ch. 3 Speaking gay secrets --
Ch. 4. Sea wives and meat racks --
Ch. 5. Sequins, satin and stilettos --
Ch. 6. Ho land! Ho freedom! --
Ch. 7. Part of a team --
Ch. 8. Swallowing the anchor --
Ch. 9. Taking stock of gay heaven --
Appendix 1. Interviewees --
Appendix 2. Glossary of maritime terms.
Responsibility: Paul Baker and Jo Stanley.

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Explores the meaning of gay life for sea-faring men. This book presents a strand of British history, and tells stories of lives lived against the odds.  Read more...

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"What this fascinating book is really about is not 'gay life at sea' in general, but the gay ghettos on many liners and cruiseships during the fifties and sixties."George Melly, The Mail on Sunday Read more...

 
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