Virginia Oliver, Maine's Famous 'Lobster Lady,' Celebrates 104th Birthday: 'I'm Still the Boss'

Legendary Maine lobster trapper Virginia ‘Ginny’ Oliver turned 104 on June 6

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'Lobster Lady' Virginia Oliver from 2021

Legendary Maine lobster trapper Virginia ‘Ginny’ Oliver isn't showing any signs of slowing down!

Known as the "Lobster Lady," and reportedly the oldest living lobster catcher in Maine, Oliver turned 104 on June 6, CBS affiliate WGME reported.

Oliver’s family celebrated her birthday with her favorite desserts chocolate cake and ice cream, per the outlet. Asked if she intends to go lobstering this summer, she replied, “Oh, I’m going to go."

As proof of her feisty spirit, she added: "I'm still the boss.”

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This year will mark Oliver’s 96th year of lobster trapping, which she's been doing ever since she was 8 years old, working alongside her father and brother. “All my life, I’ve done this kind of thing,” she said in a 2023 interview with The Washington Post. “I never get seasick.”

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Her typical daily morning routine, the newspaper added, would consist of her putting on her fishing gear, boarding a boat and catching lobsters for several hours.

Oliver’s late husband was also a fisherman. Today, she works in tandem with her son Max, who is 80 years old. During their excursions, Oliver pilots the boat and bands the lobsters and they both and work to sell their lobster haul to the Spruce Head Fisherman’s Co-Op.

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Oliver’s longevity in the lobster business has made her a local celebrity. She even became the subject of children’s picture books. Barbara Walsh, author of The Lobster Lady, recalled Oliver saying to her that she doesn’t feel old, per WGME,

Asked by WCSH in 2021 about when she would retire from lobstering, Oliver simply relied, "when I die."

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She added, "You just have to keep going."

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