Women found many guises in order to go to sea but often the most popular was as a seaman!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Jeanette Colin was serving aboard the French ship Archille at the Battle of Trafalgar. She jumped overboard just before the Archille blew up and was fished out, stark naked, by the crew of the HMS Pickle. Apparently, when the French fleet left Cadiz she decided to stay with her husband. She had dressed as a male and served with him in the battle until he was killed and she jumped over.
The British crew supplied her with the means to make some clothes (dresses) and gave her passage to Gibraltar where she disappeared and was never heard from again.