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S01 E03

Dittin' on with Jane Lancaster for International Women's Day

In this episode, Jenna Brodie talks to Jane Lancaster - one of the first women to go to sea in the Royal Navy. Jane was part of the Women's Royal Naval Service, better known as the Wrens, joining the senior service in 1989 aged 18. Jane joined HMS Brilliant on a Sunday evening - the first Royal Navy ship to carry women as part of its ships company. She talks about her experience joining the ship, the reception from the male crew members and the sadness of being taken sick at one of the most pivotal times in her early career.With a draft to HMS Brilliant short-lived, she was lucky enough to join HMS Invincible, and within her first three years in the service she had visited America, the Mediterranean, Norway and the Far East - half way round the world.