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Discussion in 'The Backstage' started by Marshall & Moonshine, Oct 31, 2013.
Be safe and good luck to you!
How large is the crew on a container ship? More importantly, how's the food?
"The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew,
The furrow followed free;
We were the first that ever burst
Into that silent sea.
Down dropt the breeze, the sails dropt down,
'Twas sad as sad could be;
And we did speak only to break
The silence of the sea!
All in a hot and copper sky,
The bloody Sun, at noon,
Right up above the mast did stand,
No bigger than the Moon.
Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean."
Good luck and safe travels.
Stay safe, have a good run, and see you on your return
a pleasant voyage and a happy return M&M
Red skies at night for you, M&M!
Crew is about 25-ish. The food? Well, it depends on the cooks. My last ship, while being my highest paying to date, was 4 1/2 of culinary hell on earth.
One kickass thing about working on a ship: if a cook makes shitty food, due to incompetence, laziness or both, we don't have to be shy about it. If I did my job the way he did his, I'd expect to be fired. But once a ship leaves the US, it gets pretty expensive to replace him, especially since you don't know if you'll get someone worse. The evil you know, if you will. But lots of them are stellar! They love cooking, watch cooking shows, keep the galley immaculate, and things like that.
Always a crapshoot.
As for crew, we have Capt and 3 mates, Chief Engineer and 3 Assistant Engineers, a bosun and 2 dayworker AB's, 3 watchstanding AB's (steer the ship/lookout), chief steward, cook and messman, chief electrician (me), refrigeration tech, and wiper, and we sometimes carry cadets, which are students at the various maritime academies, out on actual ships for training (and making our coffee.....)
Lost the count.... Is that 25-ish?
Sitting in Chicago airport, waiting to fly to Newark.
I used to work with a guy that was a Merchant Marine for 20 years or so. He told a lot of funny stories about it. lol
Take care MM!
Watch out for pirates.....Safe voyage
Safe voyage my friend.
Come home safe.
Thanks guys! I just got to the ship in NJ. It's a wreck.
Time for a shower, maybe a few ZZ's and down to the engine room to get started.
This could be one of the long ones....
I hope you brought lots of duct tape!
If you wind up in a jam or need something, I'm about an hour away.
What LPG said...
Have a safe trip, do you take a guitar?
I do take a guitar. Just a little Fender Telecoustic that I've had for a few years. We go all over the world, and I'm not putting anything nice through these climate changes, let alone ships rolling in storms. This ship goes to Canada and Singapore. I shudder to think what that would do to my guitars. With the little Tele, which is like a thin acoustic, I don't care if I have to paddle a lifeboat with it, or swing it at pirates, though, in the latter scenario, I'd rather have a proper Tele.
I think this ship actually has internet, so I may still get to check in, now and then.
This ship was just re-flagged to the US from the Chinese or something. Holy shit it needs work.
I do love a challenge. (And the open overtime budget....)
Don't you got some Britney Spears to lay on 'em? Save the guitar, man.....
Sadly, my ipod is Britney-defficient.
Perhaps you could loan me some??
I hope you don't need to thank me for this.......
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With the sound turned off, it ain't half bad!