Maritime History and the Chaos Fairy Paradox


“They were setting off on an adventure, and Hornblower was only too conscious that it was his own fault.”
C.S. Forester

I can’t figure out why I’m interested in maritime and military history. I remember as a kid reading (of course!) a book about some unknown (I don’t remember exactly, but I think it was the U.S. Civil War) war strategy and having an innate visual grasp, or intuition, of what they were outlining. Hard to describe. I’m not much into warmongering–I don’t see the sense in waging war as a solution to anything. Peace and love and all that hippie shit, ya know. But, it still fascinates me. Especially maritime history–military engagements or otherwise. I love ships. For a birthday one year, I went to see the American Victory Ship in Tampa…which was amazing!

And, I’m also interested in maritime exploration and, despite being a fervid animal rights activist, the history of whaling as well.

So, I just put together a mashed-up list of historical peeps, books, stories, and ships that popped into my head.

African American Whaling Captains:

Female Pirates, Sailors and other Women associated with the sea:

Other stuff:

Captain Robert Smalls

The New American Militarism: How Americans are Seduced by War

America’s Longest War

My War: Killing Time in Iraq

Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash


The Hornblower Series

The Aubrey-Maturin Series

The Hunt for Red October


The ship used in the film (above). Taken at OMSI in Portland, Oregon.

And, of course, anything and everything about the Titanic and other notable ships, doomed or otherwise.





Author: The Chaos Realm

Copy Editor/Proofreader, Historian, Freelance Writer, Virtual Assistant.

7 thoughts on “Maritime History and the Chaos Fairy Paradox”

  1. Thank you for a great list, especially the females pirates… There is something soo romantic about the beautiful sail ships but reality is a bugger…

    In my opinion, “A Night to Remember” is still the best movie ever made about the Titanic. Sorry Mr. Cameron…

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