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 Salish Sea. Several of the women featured in the calendar are based out of Port Townsend, Wash. Port Townsend is a thriving maritime community made up of boatbuilders and merchant mariners, and has more expert riggers per capita than anywhere else in the U.S. The Puget Sound Pilots train weekly at the town’s maritime center, and even the public school system focuses on maritime lessons. It uses navigation to teach math, sailing to teach physics, etc. It turned out to be a great place to find women for the calendar.
I am the main photographer, and in the past the photos were a bit racy. It was called the “Sexy Women of Maritime Calendar.” I was delighted at the attention it received, but there are a lot of women out there who don’t necessarily want to be seen as sexy on the job, nor want their gender to be their identifying characteristic while at work. Since my goal with this project has always been about inspiring more young girls and women to pursue maritime careers and has never been about money, it’s been an easy transition to focus on highlighting the skills, backgrounds and career motivations of these mariners.
They always wear their own clothes and do their own hair. They rarely wear makeup. A few of the women chose to show off their more feminine features. They are individuals, just like every individual, regardless of gender, that works on any boat anywhere. So I celebrate their individuality.
Here’s Amanda, the June mariner:
For those of you who would also like to help promote women in the maritime industry, check out my calendar here.
Also, the calendars are currently 10 percent off, and buyers can also use the promo code FREESHIP for free delivery until Dec. 15.
I’m already seeking accomplished female mariners to feature in the 2015 calendar, and would love a few volunteers from the OSV crowd. Send inquiries or nominations to me at email@example.com.