Molly Kool: Captain of the Atlantic

In Molly Kool’s time, women were not allowed on ships. It was believed to be very bad luck.  But Molly Kool changed all that. Molly wasn’t trying to be an activist or a role model. She was just trying to find her way in a profession she loved, and in doing so opened the doors for all women who came after.

Born in Alma, New Brunswick, in 1916, Molly sailed the rough and difficult waters of the Bay of Fundy with her father. She became the first female attendee of the Marine School in Saint John, and two years later, after the Canadian Shipping Act was altered to read “he or she,” graduated and became the first woman to be a licensed ship captain in North America. This latest book in the Stories of Our Past series is filled with over forty historic photos of Molly’s life plying the waters off New Brunswick and Nova Scotia during the Great Depression and World War Two. There are also interesting facts about how Canadian laws changed as more and more women demanded equal rights, and how one woman in particular changed an industry forever.

This little book of 102 pages of text plus index and bibliography is well-written too. It should be in every high school and middle school library, not to mention the public library systems of every province. 

Suitable for every age above 10, profusely illustrated, nicely produced and only $15.95, it should be made available across Canada.(The Guardian)


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