Disguised in trousers 'William Brown', a young woman from Grenada, was in 1815 the navy's first and only known Black female sailor. Using many images, Dr Jo Stanley tells the story of 'William' and her successors. They include Belinda Bennett, who in 2016 became the UK's first Black woman cruiseship 'master'. Belinda features in our Black Salt exhibition.
Speaker Dr Jo Stanley is the author of 'From Cabin 'Boys' to Captains: 250 years of women at sea'. She is giving this special talk as part of our events for International Women's Day.