Belinda Bennett: Meet the world’s first-ever Black female ship captain (photos)

Belinda Bennett: Meet the world’s first-ever Black female ship captain (photos)

- Details of Belinda Bennet the first Black woman to become the captain of a cruise ship have surfaced online

- Bennet revealed how she defied the odds to reach her present rank including accomplishing extra work given by her superiors

- She explained that women were once considered to be bad luck on ships and were a distraction to the crew as well as a source of anger to the seas

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Belinda Bennett, who traces her roots to a small island known as St. Helena, which lies in the South Atlantic Ocean between South America and South Africa, has been recognized as the first Black female ship captain.

According to her, she was in the water right from childhood and she loved the ocean. Bennet added that the only way off the island was by ship.

The captain went on to say that she took the job on the RMS St. Helena, the ship that supported the island when she was 17 years.

Photos of Belinda Bennett the world’s first Black female ship captain pop up online

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This marked the beginning of her adventures even though she had a rough start when she began training as a cadet.

Per a report by forbes.com, Bennet revealed that the chief officers with whom she trained made her work harder than the other trainees as she was the only woman among the male trainees.

The reason, YEN.com.gh has learned, is because women were considered to be bad luck on ships and were a distraction to the crew as well as a source of anger to the seas.

She, however, refused to give up despite the fact that she was often left alone, working in the dark.

In other news, YEN.com.gh has learned that the only Ghanaian football player to represent a top English club, Manchester United, has experienced a downturn in his career and livelihood.

Regarded as ‘the new Pele’, Adu, who started his career as a teenager, is currently a free agent and faces an uncertain future.

Information available suggests that he became the youngest player to sign a professional football contract in the United States in November 2003.

He became a global star at 14 years and always had fans excited when he stepped on the pitch. Adu was known for his lightning-quick feet, an imposing physique and a good eye for goals.

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