Robson on WSDL 90.2FM on Friday, 9AM

If you're radio will pick it up, or you can stream it from Salisbury University's website, listen to Nancy Taylor Robson, one of the first women to hold a US Coast Guard license to run coastal tugboats, talk with Don Rush on WSDL 90.2 FM radio, Salisbury, MD at 9am on Friday, Dec 19th. She'll detail a few of her experiences -- available in full in her memoir, Woman in The Wheelhouse -- and maybe a little about her daughter, the next generation of women mariners, who is now second mate on a petroleum tanker in the Pacific. 

Woman in the Wheelhouse

Woman in The WheelhouseNancy Taylor Robson is one of the first women in the country to earn a US Coast Guard license to run coastal tugboats. After earning a degree in history, she married and went to work alongside her husband as cook/deckhand on an old 85-foot tugboat. The fear of being maimed or lost overboard, the male opposition, and the drudgery during seagoing tours that ranged from Maine to Florida, Bermuda, New Orleans and Mexico was coupled with romantic sunsets, a ringside seat on nature and an appreciation for hard-won accomplishment. Robson, one of a handful of women who paved the way for every intrepid woman who has followed, brings that world alive.

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Reviews/comments

An Excellent First Person Account of Tugboat Life

"One of the more fascinating aspects of commercial maritime life revolves around the tugboat. Nancy Taylor Robson marries a tugboat captain, and starts her seagoing career as a cook. Soon she is doing more of the jobs on the boat, and earns her Coast Guard License, and rises to the rank of Mate. She has an excellent eye for the work, the sea and the men she serves with.This book is every bit as good as the more popular The Hungry Ocean by Linda Greenlaw. While tug life is not usually as dangerous or exciting as longlining for swordfish on the Grand Banks, her portrayals of the crew are more three dimensional." Eric Westgard

 A Trailblazing Tugboat Captain

"Not long ago I went to hear Nancy Robson talk about her experiences as a tug boat captain and bought her book that day. If you are interested in learning about what it's like to work on a commercial tug you will enjoy this book. If you want to hear the tales of a versatile, talented, courageous woman who dared to challenge the 'man's world' of tug boating in the 80's, you will love this book."

Phillip Dutton

Amazon.com5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating tale, masterfully told. March 29, 2014 By Robert McDermott Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase

Nancy Taylor Robson watched in disbelief as Bob, the man she’d come to relieve, dumped her own bags on the dock and tossed his own in the back seat of the car before flopping into the driver’s seat and slamming the door.

“Isn’t there anything you should tell me?” she asked. “Oh, yeah. I got some pork chops out to thaw over the stove, but they might still be a little hard,” said Bob.

“Uh. Thanks. What else is there? How do you usually cook for these guys?”

“Do whatever you want, Nance. You know how to cook.”

And then Bob drove away. That was the sum total of the job orientation Nancy Taylor Robson received when she joined the tug Progress in May of 1975 as relief cook, the start of a six-year odyssey from Maine to New Orleans with excursions along the way in Bermuda and Mexico. A journey not just of miles, but accomplishment, as she worked her way up from cook and deckhand to become a licensed mate on oceangoing tugs. And quite a journey it was, in the rough and tumble man’s world of tugboats. A world where ‘sea room’ was often measured not in nautical miles, but feet or inches, and respect was earned by demonstrated competence — not apportioned based on educational accomplishment or what might be written on some paper. And in 1975, never to a woman.

Robson shares that journey unselfconsciously, with an easy-to-read style and a keen insight. I felt every discomfort, saw every dazzling sunset and porpoise surfing the bow wave, and shared her quiet pride the first time she ‘threaded the needle’ and maneuvered her tow through a trio of railroad bridges. The author writes with an authority that few can match, and none can surpass. Woman in the Wheelhouse is a fascinating tale, masterfully told.

Highly recommended.

A Trailblazing Tugboat Captain

November 19, 2013
By Phillip Dutton

"Not long ago I went to hear Nancy Robson talk about her experiences as a tug boat captain and bought her book that day. If you are interested in learning about what it's like to work on a commercial tug you will enjoy this book. If you want to hear the tales of a versatile, talented, courageous woman who dared to challenge the 'man's world' of tug boating in the 80's, you will love this book."

An Excellent First Person Account of Tugboat Life
July 2, 2001
By Erik Westgard

"One of the more fascinating aspects of commercial maritime life revolves around the tugboat. Nancy Taylor Robson marries a tugboat captain, and starts her seagoing career as a cook. Soon she is doing more of the jobs on the boat, and earns her Coast Guard License, and rises to the rank of Mate. She has an excellent eye for the work, the sea and the men she serves with.This book is every bit as good as the more popular The Hungry Ocean by Linda Greenlaw. While tug life is not usually as dangerous or exciting as longlining for swordfish on the Grand Banks, her portrayals of the crew are more three dimensional."