Boat Name: Miss Susan
When I was in third grade sitting on the floor of Mr. William's classroom in Cape Elizabeth Elementary School, he asked, "What do you want to do when you grow up?" Some kids answered that they wanted to be a fireman, a lawyer, or a doctor. "I want be a lobsterman!" I said.
I started lobstering with my older brother Johnny at age 8, in an old wooden boat equipped with an eight horsepower Mercury outboard engine. We kept our boat in a small protected cove in Cape Elizabeth, Maine named Alewife Cove. To my brother and I, Alewife Cove was our Never Never Land. It was a place where we would never grew old and we never wanted to leave. Every morning as the sun rose, we rowed out to our boat and set out for another adventure of hauling traps, never knowing what surprises the day would bring.
I continued to lobster throughout high school, buying a new boat, traps and an old 1989 Jeep Comanche. I fished 350 traps during my last year in high school, waking up before sunrise to haul traps and make it to school by 8:00 am.
One of the hardest decisions in my life was to leave the life of a lobstermen and attend college. I wanted to stay and continue lobstering, but thanks to encouragement from my mother and father, I attended Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. It was a decision that I am thankful for everyday. I spent four years meeting new people, learning, and having fun. I continued to lobster during the summers back in Alewife Cove and study during the fall, winter, and spring.
Two weeks before I graduated college, I was sitting at a desk in Professor Dahlin's classroom and he asked what we were going to do when we graduated. Some students said they wanted to be a financial analyst, a pharmaceutical salesman, or attend medical school. I stood up and said I wanted to be a lobsterman.
I'm 25 years old and living my dream. My whole life I've found nothing that compares to the excitement, freedom, and independence of the life on the water. I've seen opportunities at a life outside lobstering, but none of those opportunities would make me as happy as I am now. I'm proud to live in Maine and be apart of such a special way of life. I hope everyone gets a chance to be apart of our Never Never Land.