After reading another thread here on ATB’s, I have a question.
When I was sailing I was very lucky to have worked with Captains and Mates that came from wire boats. Now most of these men have retired or are very close to it. One of these Captains was one of the Original I-Con Captains. This man knew the system well and could be a pain in the butt to his engineers at times but I would have sailed anywhere at anytime with him. I can not say the same about some of the other ones that I sailed with. They probably would say the same about me. LOL
So here is my question. What’s going to happen when one of these new ATB’s that have Captains and Mates that came from Ships or from other ATBs that have never had to break out of the notch in bad weather?
Back before they Double Hulled all of the barges we used to push until the weather got to bad and was shaking the hell out of us. Then we would get on the wire. I was lucky that most of the Captains were good and gave me the information that I needed to run the winch. The Captain and Me (the Chief) were always the one that were at the controls when we got in or out of the notch. Usually the Cap had the mate up watching to learn as I would do with the Assistant.
Now a days there are Captains out there that I know have never had to breakout of the notch at sea. If I was still sailing I would have to really think about sailing with some of these people. There were times were I would not even sleep while certain mates were on watch as I have had mates retract the pins instead of extending them to pump them up at sea, not real fun in 10/15 foot seas. We staying in the notch mainly because the old man stayed calm and let me do what I had to do so he could get the pins back in.
So what do you of you think about the “New” Generation of Mates come up?