Linda Greenlaw, Fisher and Author
She is the first and only female sword fishing boat captain on the East Coast. As profiled in the film The Perfect Storm, Linda was captain of the Hannah Boden, companion ship to the Andrea Gail, whose crew was lost at sea during the 1991 storm.
“Gender has not been an issue in my life; I haven’t made it one.”
After starting helping on a commercial fishing boat to earn money for school and deciding to return after graduating, "My parents were not happy. I heard `fishing is no place for an educated young person; you’re wasting your education.’”
Now, though, "I had come to know it’s impossible to waste your education,” she says. “I like to think that I use my education every single day, fishing or writing, book touring, or just sitting around with my friends.”
“I used to say that my lifestyle, being away for 30 days, being on a boat is not conducive to finding a guy—thanks for dinner see you in 30 days. I delivered a boat to his boatyard to have some work done. I put the boat on a mooring and he road me to shore. I can’t say it was love at first sight but it was definitely infatuation at first sight and we started to see a lot of each other. It happened very quickly. When I told my family that I was getting married, they said, isn’t this kind of sudden? And I’m like, I’m 51! How long do you want me to wait?”
Woman around Town, Photograph via Penobscot Bay Press