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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 Bodie

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
Full time occupation: Marketing Professional
Hometown: South Boston, MA
Pet: Beagle named 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
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”


Russ Tryder

Captain since: 2000 (Licensed as Master of Power & Sail)
Full-Time Occupation: Captain Tall Ship/Pirate Ship FORMIDABLE/ Mass Bay Lines
Hometown: Methuen, MA
Pet(s): Benji the cat & Sinbad the sailor dog!
Favorite Cartoon Character: Popeye
Captain Story: My first command was at age 13, a 16’ runabout. Started sailing in my early 20’s drawn in by the mystique of the sea and began working traditional sailing vessels from yawls and schooners to square rigged vessels including the ship rigged HMS Bounty. Delivered vessels from St. Thomas, USVI and Bermuda on to Boston including several up and down the east coast. In 2005/2006 my wife and I sailed from Boston to Key West with a dog and two cats as crew. Managed and operated two square rigged vessels for eight years. Purchased the 72’ Tall Ship/Pirate Ship Formidable in 2010 now sailing under the Mass Bay Lines banner as Massachusetts only operational Class-A Tall Ship.
Axion/Idiom:“Every day is a new adventure”