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Talbot County's Female Captain of Last Bugeye Boat on the Bay

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OXFORD, Md.- It's not every day you see a woman behind the steering wheel of an oyster ship and, it's even more rare if the ship we're talking about is a bugeye. 
 
"It's been incredible," says Rosie Dimateo, captain of the Edna E. Lockwood the last bugeye boat on the bay.
 
Dimatteo has been guiding the historic vessel for almost 5 months this year, navigating almost 1,000 miles. 
 
"This is our 18th or 19th port that we've been on this summer," says Dimateo.  
 
Dimateo says leading Edna has been quite an adventure giving the challenges of sailing on the only boat of its kind left on the bay
 
 "You can not call another captain of a bugeye and ask them how something is led, why is it acting this way  so it's kind of been fun for Matt Engel and I, the lead educator, to kind of work those kinks on our own and figure it out," she says. 
 
Dimateo studied wilderness leadership in North Carolina. She decided to combine her passions to find a career.
 
" I wanted to do something outdoors, teach people and so I added that to my love for sailing and realize I could do that," she says. 
 
Dimateo and Engle have visited ports all over Delmarva that don't see a woman captain that often
 
"People don't expect me to be the captain sometimes when they come onboard it's always fun to kind of show them and you know and let them know," she adds.   
 
Dimateo says the best part of her job is inspiring the next generation of boat enthusiasts 
 
"Some people around the bay, you know, they'll come onboard and they'll see my name tag and a mom will grab her daughter and the girl's eye light up it's kind of a really great feeling"
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