Captain Sharon Urban
At 19, Captain Sharon Lyn Urban wasn't planning on making a career move when she took a summer job in foodservice on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. But the Delaware Bay quickly got her attention and, in 1997, she joined the Ferry's marine department as an Ordinary Seaman.
"One of the best things about working on the Ferry is that every day is different," says Urban. "The weather is always changing, and so is the scenery. Even the passengers and crew are different with each trip, making it a new experience every time."
With additional certifications and accrued sea time, the Cape May resident rose through the ranks, serving as an Able-Bodied Seaman and Mate before being promoted to the position of Captain last year. Urban has earned her United States Coast Guard Inland Masters License of unlimited tonnage and her USCG First Class Pilot upon the Delaware Bay. In addition to her USCG licenses, Captain Urban is also certified in CPR/First Aid, advanced marine firefighting and marine radio and radar operations.
Captain Urban feels fortunate to have had the support of everyone on the crew since she made her choice to pursue a career with the Ferry. "I'm grateful for all the people I've worked with and learned from since the beginning," she says. "I know that everyone has wanted me to do well."