Mar 24

International Women's Day: Rebekah Burtonwood's blog

Rebekah Burtonwood is an Able Seafarer (AB) onboard the Stena Adventure at Stena Line one of the largest ferry operators in the world.


I began my career at sea with Stena Line in 2015, when I joined the catering department, but always felt I wanted to go down a different path. This led me to apply for a deck apprenticeship in 2017 to become an AB. I knew I wanted a career that was different to all the rest, which wasn’t a 9-5, and where every day is different. 

A Career at Sea

A career at sea is not just a job—it’s a lifestyle. You spend more time with your work colleagues than you do with your own friends and family, which means that you create strong bonds and close friendships with people onboard. There are also many opportunities for progression, travel, and working your way up through the ranks.


When I started my apprenticeship, I only knew of one other woman doing this job, and I always thought, ‘well if she can, then I can!’ That was my mindset throughout the years. I felt that I had so much to prove and to show everyone that I could do the job just as well as the others. I had to adapt to an unknown environment, and it was sometimes lonely and challenging. But Stena Line supported me all the way, and the confidence and experience I gained made it all worth it.

Inspiring Women

Now, I get to help other women who want to work in the Deck Department to grow and I’m proud to be a role model for them.

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