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FEBRUARY 23, 1916 - xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
FEBRUARY 25, 2009xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
MOLLY KOOL, A PIONEER OF THE
COASTAL WATERS,has died at the age of 93,
two days after her birthday,in Bangor, Maine.
She was the first woman in North America
to be a licensed ships captain.
Known as Captain Molly, this native of Alma, New Brunswick,
was officially recognized by the Canadian Government as the
first woman to hold captain's papers.
She faced violent tides, fire and ice, rain and fog. She also
received the disdain, disbelief but ultimately the respect
of her male colleagues.
" Her blond hair up in curls, that is Miss Molly ashore...but in
her barge she knows no fear"....
In 1939, she wired her family, "You can call me Captain
from now on".
XXXXXXXHIP HIP HURRAY!!!!!
Based on an article in
The New York Times, March 2, 2009