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Lobster Lady Celebrates Remarkable Milestone: Turning 103

Virginia Oliver, also known as Maine’s Lobster Lady, has reached an incredible age of 103 years old. But that’s not the only thing that makes her remarkable. She is also the oldest lobster harvester in Maine, and possibly in the world, having started this family tradition when she was only eight years old.

A life of lobstering

Virginia was born on Claredon Street in Rockland, Maine, in 1920. She still lives on the same street today, where she raised four children who also became lobster harvesters. She began lobstering with her father and older brother before the Great Depression, and has never stopped since then.

She currently has 400 lobster traps that she maintains with her son, who is 80 years old himself. They go out on a 30-foot boat every day to haul the traps and catch the crustaceans. Virginia says she loves being the boss and never gets seasick.

She also enjoys being with her son and her other family members and friends. She does her own cooking and baking, and likes to slice cakes for her guests. She celebrated her 103rd birthday on June 6 at the Rockland Historical Society, where she received a cake with the message: “Ginny Making The World A Better Place Since 1920.”

A secret to longevity

Virginia attributes her long and healthy life to her active lifestyle and her passion for lobstering. She says she intends to do this until she dies, and has renewed her lobster license for the 2023 season. She is not afraid of hard work or challenges, and always takes the initiative in whatever she does.

She also credits her genes for her longevity, as her mother lived to be 98 years old and her grandmother lived to be 97 years old. She says she has never smoked or drank alcohol, and eats a balanced diet that includes plenty of lobsters.

A comparison with other centenarians

Virginia is not the only person who has lived past 100 years old, but she is certainly one of the most remarkable ones. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were about 92,000 centenarians in the U.S. in 2020, and about 573,000 in the world.

The table below shows some of the oldest living people in the world as of June 2023, according to Wikipedia:

Name Country Birth date Age
Kane Tanaka Japan January 2, 1903 120 years
Lucile Randon France February 11, 1904 119 years
Francisca Celsa dos Santos Brazil October 21, 1904 118 years
Jeanne Bot France January 14, 1905 118 years
Virginia Oliver USA June 6, 1920 103 years

As you can see, Virginia is much younger than some of the oldest living people in the world, but she is also much more active and productive than most of them. She is an inspiration to many people who admire her work ethic and her zest for life.


Virginia Oliver is a remarkable woman who has celebrated her 103rd birthday by continuing to do what she loves: lobstering. She is the oldest lobster harvester in Maine, and possibly in the world, having started this family tradition when she was only eight years old.

She has lived a long and healthy life thanks to her active lifestyle, her passion for lobstering, her genes, and her diet. She is not only a Lobster Lady, but also a lady who makes the world a better place.