Kim Carver A third generation Seattleite, Kim watched her city go from a lumber and fishing town to a technology mecca. Her passions include documenting maritime culture and helping promote community among all mariners. Kim has 15 years of experience on workboats and tour boats and currently works as a captain for a Gulf Coast shrimping schooner that tours around Seattle and an inter-island transport/research vessel in the San Juan Islands.
An engineless boat race to Alaska ... sign me up?
When my friend Jake Beattie first told me about his Race to Alaska idea, I thought it sounded great but I wasn’t overwhelmingly interested. My focus is on workboats, and trying to make good choices as a professional mariner.
My sailing experience is decent but when it comes to rowing, paddling or pedaling, I’m pretty green. Winter came and while I wasn’t paying attention, the idea went viral in the sail and adventure racing world. So...
People often take captain's jobs before they are ready.
Many years ago, a friend told me about how people often take captain's jobs before they are ready. I've seen this happen over and over and over again since, and I'm surprised there aren't more casualties because of it.
A person can get a license big enough to drive large workboats or carry hundreds of passengers without ever having driven a boat before. It's a little bizarre when you think about all the hoops that the Coast Guard...
A hawsepiper's educational retreat is a way for greenhorns and non-union people to develop their seamanship skills together.
A few years ago I decided that I wanted to put together some sort of hawsepiper's educational retreat as a way for greenhorns and non-union people — those who couldn't afford attending a maritime academy — to develop their seamanship skills together. This would serve as a community-building effort among new mariners, and hopefully as a way for young people to think...
Kim Carver interviews Capt. Aaron Singh, waterfront director of the New York Harbor School.Editor’s note: This is
the fourth in a series of mariner interviews conducted by Kim Carver.
Kim Carver: In two
sentences, could you please explain what the New York Harbor School is about to
someone who has never heard of it?
Capt. Aaron Singh
Capt. Aaron Singh:
New York Harbor School is a public, maritime high school located on Governors
Island. As a Career and Technical Education...
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a licensed deckhand aboard a small cruise ship?It's been an eventful summer. This is my first time working aboard a vessel that has a dedicated itinerary, taking passengers on for one week at a time throughout the season. I work for the largest fleet of American-flagged cruise ships in Southeast Alaska — probably in all of Alaska.
The start of the season was stressful. Everyone was rushing to get the boats ready for guests. After the winter...
This week I began work aboard the Wilderness Explorer, a 75-passenger cruise ship owned by Un-Cruise Adventures in Seattle.This week I began work aboard the Wilderness Explorer, a 75-passenger cruise ship owned by Un-Cruise Adventures in Seattle.
Last year was a bit of a rollercoaster ride for me and I began to go a little crazy from too much time ashore. I started my first business in 2012, a day-sail charter here in Seattle. It ended up being too challenging to do alone, especially with...
third in a series of mariner interviews conducted by Kim Carver.Editor’s note: This is
the third in a series of mariner interviews conducted by Kim Carver.
Kim Carver: What are your
duties in this line of work?
I co-own and operate a small tour boat company. My job is divided into office,
crewing underway, and maintenance. Office duties include marketing,
advertising, website development, social media, public relations, sales,...
The second in a series of mariner interviews conducted by Kim Carver.Editor’s note: This is
the second in a series of mariner interviews conducted by Kim Carver.
Kim Carver: What does
your job entail?
My job is very managerial. I make sure daily vessel maintenance and cleaning
gets done. I also usually drive the boat, whether on a voyage to a rig or
maneuvering around port and into berths. I supervise the crew operating the
The 2014 Women of Maritime Calendar features women working on and along the shores of the Salish Sea, also known as Puget Sound.The 2014 Women of Maritime Calendar features women working on and along the shores of the Salish Sea, also known as Puget Sound.The calendar focuses on each woman’s seafaring and boatbuilding skills. Some work in boatyards, and some work aboard small cruise ships, research vessels, and other commercial vessels in the area. Most have also worked well beyond the...
I met Jill Russell 15 years ago at one of my first jobs. I was a naturalist/purser/deckhand aboard an orca whale watching boat and she was the relief captain.I met Jill Russell 15 years ago at one of my first jobs. I
was a naturalist/purser/deckhand aboard an orca whale-watching boat and she was
the relief captain. Oh, what a relief she was! We had some good captains, but
having Jill aboard was a treat. She respected the local laws for whale
watching, which gave me less anxiety. She was...