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Nason and Gadsby watch the ferry dock, talk about Mariette (Photo: WBOC) Nason and Gadsby watch the ferry dock, talk about Mariette (Photo: WBOC)

LEWES, Del. - Former Cape May-Lewes Ferry deckhand Mariette Wright was one of the 33 crew members aboard the El Faro, a container ship tragically lost at sea during Hurricane Joaquin.

According to those who knew her, Wright had a passion for the open sea.

She worked from 2002 to 2007 as an able-bodied seaman on the ferry, based in Lewes.

George Gadsby was one of her captains.

"You get to really know people from having them up in the helm and everything," he said. "You got an hour and 15 minutes to be with you, and we would talk about all kinds of different things, Mariette was a delight, I enjoyed her a lot."

And besides being a good deckhand, she was a good friend as well.

"She was a great aide to my wife after... I lost my daughter in an automobile accident," Gadbsy recalled. "She called her every day, which really stuck in her mind."

George Nason is a retired ferry pilot who also worked with Wright.

"She was like a modern, independent, empowered woman but yet unconventional, and she was going to do things her way and shipping out was a major part of it," he waxed. "In time, the Delaware Bay and the Chesapeake Bay don't have enough water and enough horizon to keep her happy so she had to move on."

That is a sentiment her mother, Mary Shevory, echoed in an interview she did earlier in the week.

"Mariette has always been an adventurer, from the time she was born, she wanted to go seek adventure," Shevory said.

"She went doing what she wanted to do, if that's a way to go," Gadsby imagined. "I know it had to be chaos on that ship, but I'm sure she did her job."

Heath Gehrke, director of ferry operations, with the Cape May Lewes-Ferry also released a statement about the loss:

"Mariette Wright was warmly remembered for her love of the sea and her zest for life. Any disaster in the marine community is difficult, but it is more so when it hits the Cape May-Lewes Ferry family. During her time here, Mariette possessed a zest for life that impacted everyone around her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mariette’s family, her mother Mary Shevory and to all mariners who await word of the news about the crew of the EL FARO."

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