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On the Job

Ferry captain’s job is far from routine

As a ferryboat captain, Sean O’Connor transports passengers and cargo between Martha’s Vineyard and Woods Hole, commanding the vessel Katama. His voyages can be monotonous, “just two rights and two lefts,” but sometimes are punctuated by moments of sheer terror. “Fog, high winds, and high seas can turn into a boating nightmare,” said O’Connor.

O’Connor begins his day at 5:30 a.m., the first of four round trips, powering up and testing the boat’s generator, electronics, and steering.

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