Jesse Loge, who hails from the Northwest, earned his captain’s license in 2007 and has serves as Sullivan’s Relief Captain under Senior Captain Tiffany Krihwan. Last night we got to chatting in Houghton’s funky/smooth Ambassador Restaurant and I asked him some questions.
The Ambassador Restaurant in Houghton
Natalie Joynton: There are certain professions that one is more born to do, rather than made. Case in point: I feel that I’ve been writer for as long as I can remember, even before I knew how to spell—it was a way of looking at the world. How much of being a captain is being born a captain? Or would you say that it’s more education than personality?
Jesse Loge: Well I don’t think I was born a captain, but I was born a traveler [smiles]….I suffer from an extreme amount of wanderlust. I cannot stay in one geographical location for any significant amount of time without getting depressed, so I ended up on a ship and worked my way up.
NJ: I know that you’ve been on other ships before, but I’m curious to know what you like best about being on the Sullivan.
JL: The education we provide students. Other ships that I’ve been on will teach California kids about the War of 1812, none of which occurred in that region. On the Sullivan we talk about water quality, we take samples and we have them stand watch, which builds character. It’s all relevant. They leave the ship really having learned something during their time on board.
NJ: You’ve probably experienced a lot during your years as a Captain, so tell me two truths and a lie. I want to guess which is false.
JL: Okay…first one: I used to work making Cheesesteaks in the Foodcourt of a mall. Secondly: I once played a prominent role as a pirate in a commercial for Nascar. And lastly, one time, at an Industrial Light & Magic concert, I met George Lucas.
NJ: Hmmm. I’m going to guess the first is the lie, just because it’s the most boring of the three—and totally out of character with yours truly.
JL: No, actually that one’s true. At seventeen or eighteen, I needed a job. So I made Philly Cheesesteaks.
NJ: But I bet you’ve never met George Lucas.
JL: [Laughter] You guessed it.