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Monica White Schenemann: Woman on board

by Carol A. Muratore

“Monica,” by Carol A. Muratore, shows working waterwoman Monica White Schenemann tonging oysters.

There is an old superstition that bringing a woman aboard a boat is bad luck.

Sailors once believed that women would distract them from their duties. This distraction was said to anger the sea, causing poor weather and all other manner of misfortune.

Well, Monica White Schenemann is one of the many women who have debunked that myth. And there are a lot of watermen who believe she’s their “lucky penny” because of her support and advocacy.

Monica is a waterman, or shall we say waterwoman, who works on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay region doing a tough job and making a living. She works side-by-side with her husband, Jeff. They are a two-man operation. It’s safe to say, he wouldn’t have it any other way. They are a team, small business owners, who put food on folks’ tables and they are representative of the independent watermen of the Northern Neck.

In her spare time, Monica volunteers as secretary for the Virginia Watermen’s Association….

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