Originally Posted by 2xy
David Farragut, the first admiral of the Navy, was nine years old when he entered the service and was 12 years old when he was given command of the USS Essex.
I think some kids have what it takes. And I think that this Dutch girl's main obstacle is not lack of skill or maturity, but too many adults who worry.
I am not familiar with this person, who appears to have been an impressive individual from a young age, with an equally impressive career. I wonder though, did he sail solo? Or with a large, skilled crew at hand? LOL - it is different sailing without a crew and there are many problems that can happen unexpectedly.
I also recall learning that in the 1600's? 1700's? the average age for entering the British Navy was 10 y.o. These days there's a fairly common attitude that parents who let their 10 y.o walk to school alone are negligent (not that I agree with that attitude btw). Different times - different standards.