In North America, the sea was long the dominion of men, but thanks to the inspiring example of Molly Kool, that all changed. 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 Bruns- wick 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.