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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Perennially interesting / but seldom covered

About three or four times a year researchers arrive at the library looking for information on the intimiate details of life in the 19th century forecastle. It's something not many of the journals recorded and aside from one log that alludes to various activities - in a secret code - we've little primary sources on the subject.

Such does not appear to be the case when dealing with the 20th century. In fact the Merseyside Maritime Museum will be recreating a gay seafarer's cabin in the museum's main gallery as part of a major exhibition next year called Hello Sailor! Gay Life on the Ocean Wave. Exhibit curator, Dr Jo Stanley, of Lancaster University, is also co-wrote of the book, Hello Sailor! The Hidden History of Gay Life at Sea upon which the exhibit is based.

Unlike gay life on land which was illegal, going beyond state boarders opened up possiblities for new lifestyles and personal expression. One of the truly unique aspects of life at sea.

Check out the Daily Post article for more information.

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