Monday, August 20, 2018
News Roundup

'Captain Rosie' was Clearwater's first female charter boat skipper

CLEARWATER — Newly divorced in the 1970s, Rosalie Holland decided to change her life. The small blond shed her panty hose, walked away from her job as a secretary and signed on as a first mate on a charter fishing boat.

Her family and friends thought she was crazy. The mother of four had always worked behind a typewriter, and here she was cutting up bait and untangling fishing lines.

It was tough breaking into such a male-dominated business. She endured long days, small paychecks and plenty of jokes behind her back. But she persevered, becoming Clearwater's first female charter boat captain and plying local waters for decades.

"She wasn't doing it for women's lib. It's just what she wanted to do and there was no stopping her," said her oldest child, Penni Hees. "She was very assertive, absolutely fearless."

The woman they called "Captain Rosie" died Monday at the age of 84.

"It was time," said her son, David Mulder, himself a longtime charter boat captain. "She lived a long life and had a lot of fun."

During her years at the helm of a 42-foot Chris Craft called L'il Tiger, Ms. Holland also worked under the names Rosalie Stribling and Rosalie Mulder.

During the 1970s and '80s, she was known for outfishing the male skippers who docked at the Clearwater Beach Marina. She built up a roster of regular clients such as Hugh Culverhouse, then the owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"I always felt that I had to do better than the guys," she said in a 1991 interview with what was then the St. Petersburg Times.

Why go into fishing? "It's in my blood," she said. Her mother was the daughter of a fishing captain. Her father was born and raised in Dunedin.

Ms. Holland grew up fishing for snook and redfish in Tampa Bay. "I can remember when we'd head up to Oldsmar and eat oysters right off the bed," she told the Times.

Fishing was her hobby until she got divorced. At age 41, she had four children to raise.

One night, friends took her to the beach to watch the kingfish catches. She was fascinated with the charter boat crews. She heard that one captain, Ernie Barger, needed some help. So she left him a note that read, "I'm a helluva fisherman."

Soon, she was working as Barger's first mate on the L'il Tiger. After a few seasons, he encouraged her to get a captain's license of her own. She started getting up before dawn to study for the required tests.

She later recalled her first charter: When she introduced herself as the captain, her passengers picked up their bags and backed away from the boat. She had to talk them into staying.

Her workplace was miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, using Loran coordinates to find her favorite fishing holes. In her peak years, she made 300 trips annually and braved countless summer squalls. Once, her boat got struck by lightning.

At one point around 1990, tired of the grind, she hung up her captain's hat and started selling real estate. Within a year, though, she was back on the water, captaining a boat called Rose Bud from the Dunedin Marina.

"Her dying wish was to have her ashes taken and spread over the Clearwater reef," said her daughter Julie Algood.

Added her other daughter, Penni Hees: "Now she can catch all the fish."

Contact Mike Brassfield at [email protected] or (727) 445-4151. Follow @MikeBrassfield.

Comments
The Daystarter: Spanish relic may be clue in death; the latest on ‘Zombie Campaigns’; Barber’s quest to be Bucs’ starting QB

The Daystarter: Spanish relic may be clue in death; the latest on ‘Zombie Campaigns’; Barber’s quest to be Bucs’ starting QB

Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what to know today.• We’ll be partly sunny with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing, mainly in the afternoon and early evening, according to the National Weather Service. High temperatures will...
Updated: 6 minutes ago
Ernest Hooper: Sometimes you gotta take inventory

Ernest Hooper: Sometimes you gotta take inventory

Random thoughts, because sometimes you gotta take inventory.I like Kelly Clarkson, but she’s no Aretha.Tax cuts? Overrated.Vote. Stop making excuses.To earn a man’s support, you must acknowledge his pain.The older I get, the more I love baseball.Sly ...
Updated: 5 hours ago
400 years later, Spanish coin is clue in mysterious death

400 years later, Spanish coin is clue in mysterious death

Before detectives found it inside a car in Colorado, before a St. Petersburg surveillance camera captured it hanging from Christie New’s neck hours before she was gravely wounded, before it was salvaged from the bottom of the ocean, police believe th...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Rays journal: Sergio Romo extremely thankful for career save No. 100

Rays journal: Sergio Romo extremely thankful for career save No. 100

BOSTON — Sergio Romo tries — though not always successfully — to keep his emotions in check on the mound. You kind of have to in logging 100 career saves, the milestone he reached in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Red Sox.But walking int...
Updated: 7 hours ago
DeCalon Brooks ready to make a name for himself at Florida State

DeCalon Brooks ready to make a name for himself at Florida State

TALLAHASSEE — DeCalon Brooks doesn't only want to be known as Derrick Brooks' son.Yes, he plays the same position (linebacker) at the same school (Florida State) where his father won a national title in 1993 before becoming a Bucs legend a...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Nothing is going to stand in way of Peyton Barber and his goal to be Bucs’ starting running back

Nothing is going to stand in way of Peyton Barber and his goal to be Bucs’ starting running back

TAMPA – Ask Peyton Barber his approach to training camp or preseason games, and his answer is meant to bull over the questioner as if it's all that's standing between him and the goal line."I think the end-all goal for me is to be the star...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Jalen Beeks shines for Rays in winning return to Boston

Jalen Beeks shines for Rays in winning return to Boston

BOSTON — Jalen Beeks called it a complicated question.Then he gave a convoluted answer.Just what, he was asked after leading the Rays to a 2-0 win Sunday over the Red Sox, did it mean to come back to Fenway Park for the first time and beat...
Updated: 11 hours ago
North Carolina fugitives, charged with shooting at cops, found and arrested in Treasure Island

North Carolina fugitives, charged with shooting at cops, found and arrested in Treasure Island

TREASURE ISLAND — Two men on the run from law enforcement in North Carolina were found hiding in Treasure Island — armed with an AR-15, a machete and a pipe bomb, deputies said — leading to a standoff with a SWAT team that ended early Sunday morning....
Updated: 11 hours ago
Tampa holds a birthday vigil for Lillia Raubenolt, the young girl killed on Bayshore

Tampa holds a birthday vigil for Lillia Raubenolt, the young girl killed on Bayshore

Somewhere Over the Rainbow was the first song Lillia Raubenolt’s parents sang to her as a newborn, according to her uncle, John Reisinger."They were just so happy when she was born," he said.But on May 23, while the family was visiting Tampa from Ohi...
Updated: 12 hours ago
She would be 2 today

She would be 2 today

CreditLillia Raubenolt would have had her second birthday today. On May 23, while the family was visiting Tampa from Ohio, Lillia and her mother, Jessica Raubenolt, were struck and killed by a car as they legally crossed the road at the corner of Bay...
Published: 08/19/18