Women working at sea

Sea cadet Anna Fraser is one of number of island women taking to the sea for work.

Sea cadet Anna Fraser is one of number of island women taking to the sea for work.

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FOR centuries, a life at sea was very much a man’s world. Urban myth suggests that superstitions arose, for example that having a woman on board could bring bad luck to the ship, but tonight’s BBC ALBA Trusadh: Women at Sea proves how over the years though things have slowly changed, and there are many opportunities now.

The island women featured are at different stages of their career on the waves – Anna Fraser from Lewis has just started as a sea cadet in Glasgow; Melanie MacAulay from Stornoway is a 3rd officer on the MV Isle of Lewis, and Eilidh Smith from Lewis plans to take her captain’s exams after 11 years at sea.

Also featured are Captain Barbara Campbell, one of the most experienced female captains after 37 years at sea; Mary MacDonald who was a nurse on the cruise ships in the 60s; and from the next generation, Isabelle Law from Kylerhea, who at 15 works part-time as part of the crew of the local ferry to Glenelg.

The Trusadh documentary series programme Women at Sea airs tonight (Monday, March 25th) on BBC ALBA at 10pm.