Had some much fun meeting Capt. Corey at 4:30am one chilly morning before sunrise. She picked me up at the dock in Portland and took me out cruising Casco Bay as the sun came up! It was a magical morning on the water! Below is the beginning of the Maine Women magazine article about her.
A day on the water with Capt. Catherine Corey, the only woman with Casco Bay’s water taxi service.
“This is my own boat,” yells Capt. Catherine Corey, wearing a purple rain jacket and a cream-colored knitted hat and commanding a 24-foot enclosed boat she has named Island Girl. “Isn’t she pretty?”
Capt. Catherine Corey surveys the bay at first light from the deck of Island Girl. Photo by Heidi Kirn
A subcontractor with Fogg’s Water Taxis & Charters, Corey is the only female water taxi captain on Casco Bay. In the busy season (July would be the height of it) she might do upwards of 20 runs a day. Some of her customers are tourists, but others are repeat customers, including islanders, construction crews and people like Portland Public School teacher Hannah Edwards, who taxis to and from Cliff and Peaks Island a couple times a week to meet with students.
After Corey picked up Edwards on a recent morning, she mentions to the teacher that the little school on Cliff is the oldest continuously functioning schoolhouse in the nation, established in 1880. Read the full story on Maine Women Magazine