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Liz Monahon, Rufus Nicoll

The interview with Liz Monahon and her partner, Rufus Nicoll, provides insights into Liz's journey to becoming a diesel mechanic and her experiences as a woman in a male-dominated field. The interview covers Liz's childhood curiosity about engines, her work at Hinckley's boat yard, and her year in community college in New Brunswick, Canada, learning to become a diesel mechanic. Liz shares anecdotes about the challenges she faced, including the ridiculous questions she has been asked as a female mechanic and the struggles with confidence. The interview also delves into the differences between living and working in a tourist-centered community on Mount Desert Island and a fishing-centered one on Deer Isle. Additionally, the interview touches on the housing challenges faced by Liz and Rufus on Deer Isle. The conversation provides a glimpse into the dynamics of the fishing community and the experiences of a woman excelling in a traditionally male-dominated profession.






Annika Ross

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Suggested citation: Monahon, Liz, and Nicoll, Rufus, The First Coast 2018 Oral History Interview, (April 10th, 2018), by Galen Koch, 21 pages, Maine Sound and Story. Online: Insert URL (Last Accessed: Insert Date).


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