Meet the 23-Year-Old Lobsterwoman Paying off College Loans by Living the Dream in Maine

by Owen James Burke


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“One thing I like about being a girl out here is that they can’t pay me less than a guy,” 23-year-old Maine lobster boat captain Sadie Samuels told “They just can’t. There’s a price per pound, and fuel costs the same whether you’re a guy or a girl.”


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Captain Samuels, who’s paying off her student loans and saving to buy land and build a house, sets and hauls lobster traps two days on, one day off, nonstop. It’s hard work, she admits, but she loves what she does, saying that she prefers the long hours.


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If she ever fires that sternman, she’ll be getting a call from this lowly deck monkey–though, a captain in my own right–in short order. Read more about Captain Sadie Samuels at –OJB

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