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Captain Matthew Hight

Captain Hight was born and raised in Maine and now makes his home in Florida. While still a teenager, he took a voyage on a merchant ship and instantly fell in love with the sea. After graduating from Maine Maritime Academy, he served for years on the High Seas, eventually attaining a master credential and then captaining ships for eight years.

But years at sea take their toll on even the hardiest mariner. He returned stateside and spent a few years as a consultant before applying to work as a pilot in upstate New York. Captain Hight thought he would earn a living navigating cargo carriers on the Great Lakes. Instead, an unholy alliance of a federal bureaucracy and a legalized monopoly suddenly rendered him a castaway. He has a large family and hopes to provide for them with a pilot’s salary once he vindicates his right to work.

  • March 6, 2019    |   Economic Liberty First Amendment

    Great Lakes Pilot

    Coast Guard-empowered private association concocts reasons to keep an experienced captain from working

    Captain Matthew Hight thought he would earn a living navigating cargo carriers on the Great Lakes. Instead, an unholy alliance of a federal bureaucracy and a legalized monopoly suddenly rendered him a castaway. Now he’s setting sail with the Institute for Justice to get his job back and ensure that no one else has their…

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