Troy Gilbert is an award-winning maritime journalist and author. As a native of New Orleans, Troy has written about the waters of Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico for publications such as Sailing World, Asia-Pacific Boating, BoatUS, Mississippi Magazine, Southern Boating, the Times-Picayune and many others. His latest book, Gulf Latitudes, will be published by Globe Pequot and released in April of 2021.
The unearthing of the common existence of black schooner captains and crews throughout the 19th Century has profound effects on the history of the Gulf Coast. In the second of three installments, author Troy Gilbert looks into the unnamed hurricane of 1893, made famous by Kate Chopin in her book The Awakening, and identifies that many of the schooners and luggers that sank in the storm were crewed by black watermen and captains.
During Reconstruction, thousands of newly-emancipated slaves found freedom sailing in the Gulf. They helped to build the seafood industry and to rebuild the Deep South, yet their remarkable stories have been largely lost to time.