Tuesday, September 25, 2012

(Maritime Pilot): Susan Clark, First Female Portland Harbor Pilot, Dies at 48

People who lead ships into harbors are called pilots - which is why this article arrived in my inbox, but I thought it was interesting so decided to share it:

Susan Clark, First Female Portland Harbor Pilot, Dies at 48

Susan Clark, who died after a short battle with cancer at 48, was a remarkable woman. In high school, she was valedictorian and class president. At Maine Maritime Academy, she was first in her class. She was the first female captain for Exxon and captained tankers for several years before returning ashore to attend Seton Hall and the University of Maine School of Law.  She practiced law for a time before deciding to return to working on the water. In 2001, Susan Clark become the first female harbor pilot in Portland, Maine. She was also the first female member of the Portland Marine Society, founded in 1796 by ship captains. She is survived by her her husband, Glenn Daukas, and their two sons, Louis and Rigel.  Thanks to Christina Sun for passing along the sad news.

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