Great Dixter, Northiam, East Sussex became a convalescent home for wounded soldiers during WW1. Repatriated from France or further afield: running the risks of minefields or of the hunting U-boats would have added to the trauma of the soldiers injuries. © Historic England Explore our images

History of Maritime Women

Among the 37,000 shipwrecks recorded around the coast by English Heritage, including both vessel remains and documented losses, are stories showing female involvement in wreck events, a rich seam of social history. As passengers, female survivors' accounts illustrate the wrecking process, and also reveal female leisure and economic activity. From the 19th century onwards women took on a more active role at sea, involved in daring rescues or as shipboard nurses in the First World War.