Typically the ships that I get to sail on are never too far away from shore and a place to tie up. This means quite often it easy for us to restock on fuel, food, water, and other supplies. But there are also trips, or situations, were we go through a lot of our potable … Continue reading Drinking Sea Water? Sure, Why Not.
As a third engineer in the outfit that I work for, the boilers that we use for steam heat in the colder months are my responsibility. Throughout my two seaphases and several trips after graduation I had never once worked on a boiler. The ships I had been on for seaphase either didn't use a … Continue reading Those Scary Steam Things
There is something to be said for being able to consistently being able to pack for a trip. Trips are long, anywhere from four to six weeks. Which is a long time to be away from all the creature comforts that you may have at home. But when you pack you also can't bring everything … Continue reading How to Pack a Life
Since graduating in June I've had the pleasure of being on multiple vessels. Being on various vessels of shapes, sizes and crews, has provided me with a lot of insight, and a lot of information in a very short period of time. Each ship has their own specific way of doing things. In general, the … Continue reading My Merry-go-round of Ships
As I don't typically concern myself with too much that happens outside the engine room (except for when things break), it is unusual that I would get to see a lot of what happens on deck. This is especially true this winter, as it the first time I've been sailing during this season. So … Continue reading Its only a little ice…
After much debate and a lengthy absence I have decided to restart my blog about my life at sea. As I have spoken to friends, family, and strangers who all have noted how “interesting and unique” my career is and will be. This is a fact that can be hard to see sometimes when you … Continue reading On the Sea Again
It has been a busy few weeks! The Martha L. Black spent two weeks up north where there was very limited internet service. It was hard to do any updates because the service was so slow! In that time I had some very interesting experiences. After I finished my week of logistics crosstraining I promptly … Continue reading Sweet Glorious Sunlight!