RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Captaining Sabino and Liberty.
FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME: Baby-sitting my four grandchildren.
PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: The honor of driving this boat.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being a gentleman.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Seeing my grandchildren.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: A boat knife.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: Loved.
PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: I’ve been fortunate to have had many mentors in my life, including Dana Hewson, the recently retired vice president for watercraft preservation and programs at Mystic Seaport.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Carl Hiaasen.
I AM READING: Whatever falls into my lap.
I AM LISTENING TO: I’m a Beethoven guy. I listen to symphonies all the time.
FAVORITE MOVIE OR LAST MOVIE WATCHED: I like action stuff and Harry Potter.
FAVORITE TV SHOW: I’m a news junkie so I usually have MSNBC on.
FAVORITE PET: My Yorkie named Sailor who lived his entire life on a boat.
FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: A sailor’s lunch: peanut butter sandwich and a cup of coffee.
AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND ON SOCIAL MEDIA: I have a site for my kids and grandkids.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty.
PET PEEVE: Inconsiderate actions.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: I don’t live my life by quotations.
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The history, the people and the top-notch exemplary staff at the Mystic Seaport ... it’s stunning what this place does ... and they love their work.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My family.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I don’t tell people too much.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: “Be bold.”
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: I don’t give advice.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: I’m not that person.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Give most of it away.
I DRIVE: The oldest coal-fired steamboat in regular operation in the United States.
I WISH I DROVE A: I don’t have any aspirations.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Stouffers.
IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: My grandfather, Roger Simonson Jr. — he reared me.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro