The call of the ocean
You can take the woman out of the sea, but you can't take the sea out of the woman.
Linda Greenlaw - first introduced to readers in Sebastian Junger's book "The Perfect Storm," and the 2000 film of the same name - shares her return to bluewater fishing at age 47 in "Seaworthy: A Swordboat Captain Returns to the Sea" ($25.95, Viking, 2010).
Tired of hauling rusty lobster traps and bills piling up on the kitchen counter, Greenlaw jumps at the chance to take a captaincy for a season of swordfishing. After a 10-year hiatus, she's off to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland with more adventure than she bargained for - including landing in jail in Canada when the crew's dilapidated vessel, Seahawk, drifts over the border.
Greenlaw is America's only female swordfish boat captain and has written "The Hungry Ocean," "All Fishermen Are Liars," "Slipknot," "Fisherman's Bend," "The Lobster Chronicles," and "Recipes from a Very Small Island" co-written with her mother, Martha Greenlaw. She has also been featured on the Discovery Channel series "Swords: Life on the Line." She lives in Isle au Haut, Maine.
This article originally appeared in the Home Waters sections of the July 2010 issue.