Captain K-9

Jay Spence

Captain since: 1970
Full-Time Occupation: General Manager at Mass Bay Lines
Hometown: Pembroke, MA
Pet: 2 cats, names Belle and Noel
Favorite Cartoon Character: Tweety Bird (has a tattoo)
Captain Story: I started in eighth grade as a deckhand. And promptly fell overboard on the FIRST day, wondered how I’d get home – they gave me dry clothes and sent me back aboard. It was a family business. I was also the Junior Commodore of a yacht club down the Cape. Sailed competitively, won New England championship in a BeetleCat, when I was seventeen. Since I knew how to sail I figured running a ferry boat could not be that more difficult – and I got PAID. That was forty years ago!
Axion/Idiom:“Floggings will continue until morale improves””Don’t tell me, show me”, “Hard to Starboard, Now”, “Training Occurs every day”.

Wesley Babbitt

Wesley Babbitt

Captain since: 2001
Full-Time Occupation: Full time Captain at Mass Bay Lines
Hometown: Lawrence, MA
Pet: Cat named Solstice
Favorite Cartoon Character: Bugs Bunny
Captain Story: I decided to become a captain when I was 7 years old on a whale watch with my family.
Axion/Idiom:“There’s no business like show business”

Steve Bowdie

Steve Bowdie

Captain since: 1986
Full-Time Occupation: Full time at Captain Mass Bay Lines, Retired US Navy Officer
Hometown: Hingham, MA, Grew up in Elkton MD
Pet: 2 cates, Boris and Misha
Favorite Cartoon Character: Krusty the Clown
Captain Story: After retiring from the Navy, a couple of buddies and I decided to buy a sailboat and sail around the world. After reaching Hawaii, homesick for New England, I returned to Massachusetts operating a small passenger vessel in and around the Merrimac River serving the Lowell community. Shortly thereafter an opportunity emerged with Mass Bay Lines and I jumped on it- that was 29 years ago and I’ve never looked back.
Axion/Idiom:“Everybody’s got something wrong with them; sometimes it takes a while to figure out what that is”

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Viking Gustafson

Captain since: 1980
Full-Time Occupation: General Manager, Gloucester Marine Railways
Hometown: Winthrop, MA, born in upstate NY
Pet: Cat named Kali, since it’s a Calico
Favorite Cartoon Character: Road Runner
Captain Story: I am a long distance swimmer, swimming led me to try to find “a job, any job” along the waterfront, mostly so I could be near the sea and jump off anytime and go swimming”.
Axion/Idiom:“A Miss is a Mile”, “On time is the Bottom Line”, “Ten minutes early is On Time”

Tim Lisiecki

Tim Lisiecki

Captain since: 2010
Age: 24
Full time occupation: Marketing Professional
Hometown: South Boston, MA
Pet: Dog; Beagle, Name: Finley
Favorite Cartoon Character: Bugs Bunny
Captain Story: Been on small boats most of my life; started working on passenger vessels in Spring ’08. I liked everything about it. I started working for MBL right after my high school graduation. I then decided to pursue my captain’s license, which I received in April ’10 at the age of 19.
Axion/Idiom:“Smooth Seas Never Made a Skilled Sailor”

Mass Bay Lines Worker

Louise "Lou" Reitano

Captain since: 1982
Age: 73
Full-Time Occupation: Star- Gazing
Hometown: Medford, MA
Pet: Four cats (Morgan, Zimbo, Fletcher, Nikolai), One dog (Ruby)
Favorite Cartoon Character: Sylvester the Cat
Captain Story: It was a foggy, foggy day – I knew how to tie a bowline, they needed someone who could handle a line.
Axion/Idiom:“We’ve done so much with so little for so long we are now qualified to do anything with nothing”

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Jim Shea

Captain since: 2007
Full-Time Occupation: Firefighter, Paramedic
Hometown: Pembroke. Born In Chatauqua County , Upstate NY.
Favorite Cartoon Character: Shrek
Captain Story: When I was a kid, my Dad use to take the commuter boat every day, ever since I knew I wanted to be a boat captain.
Axion/Idiom:“Please come out and see us, we’ll have a good time”

Captain since: 2001
Full-Time Occupation: Full time Captain at Mass Bay Lines
Hometown: Lawrence, MA
Pet: Cat named Solstice
Favorite Cartoon Character: Bugs Bunny
Captain Story: I decided to become a captain when I was 7 years old on a whale watch with my family.
Axion/Idiom:“There’s no business like show business”