Kim CarverKim 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.

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Be wise when choosing a captain's job

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...

Hawsepiper educational fest

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...

Capt. Aaron Singh, Waterfront Director, New York Harbor School

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...

Life on a small Alaskan cruise ship

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...

An Alaska adventure begins

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...

Christine Smith, Vice President, Northwest Navigation Co. (M/V David B)

The 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?    Christine Smith  Christine Smith: 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,...

Heather Kelleher, OSV Mate, Edison Chouest Offshore

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?    Heather Kelleher  Heather Kelleher: 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 crane,...

2014 Women of Maritime Calendar

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...

Jill Russell, Port Captain, Un-Cruise Adventures

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...

Crewing OSRVs and sea time

Just about everyone wants a high-paying boat job that allows them to go home and sleep in their own bed every night.For years, you went to sea. You went to sea for weeks at a time. Then, maybe, you met someone. Maybe you and that special someone decided it was time to buy a home, adopt some pets, or start a family. Then, all of a sudden, going to sea for extended periods of time didn’t sound appealing at all. But the bills must be paid. Just about everyone wants a high-paying boat job...