DOLLY PEEL


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Dolly Peel, born in 1782, was a famous South Shields character who worked officially as a fishwife: unofficially , she was a notorious smuggler. This was a more profitable occupation for she could get anything for which she received an order but brandy, tobacco, cigars, lace and scents were her main merchandise.
She was a determined fighter against the Press Gang, famed for hiding fugitives beneath her vast skirts, and when her husband was taken by the Press Gang, she followed him to sea on the man o’war on which he served, working in the ship’s surgery. Coming as she did from sea-fairing stock, Dolly proved an excellent sailor and did a sailor’s work like any other man.

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