When gays had to be closeted, ships were the only places where homosexual men could not only be out but also camp. And on some liners to the sun and the New World, queens and butches had a ball. They sashayed and minced their way across the world's oceans.

Never before has the story been told of the masses. These are the thousands of queer seafarers, mainly stewards, who sometimes even outnumbered the straight men in the catering departments of ships that were household names and the pride of the British fleet. Hello Sailor! uniquely shows what it was like to be queer at sea at a time when land meant straightness.


chapter |26 pages

Sailor Jack: the Other Side

chapter 1|22 pages

When Queer was Covert

chapter 2|27 pages

A Place of Freedom

chapter 3|14 pages

Speaking Gay Secrets

chapter 4|26 pages

Sea Wives and Meat Racks

chapter 5|30 pages

Sequins, Satin and Stilettos

chapter 6|28 pages

Ho Land! Ho Freedom!

chapter 7|36 pages

Part of a Team

chapter 8|15 pages

Swallowing the Anchor

chapter 9|9 pages

Taking Stock of Gay Heaven