It’s said that a soldier learns more in his first week at war than years in camp - a statement I don’t doubt is correct. But, I think, the same holds true for our profession.
Every cadet who’s asked me for career advice on getting aboard a drillship I tell the same thing… spend a few years on a working ship first. It will teach you things that will take 10+ years to learn offshore.
So… my question is… which ships/runs taught you most about life at sea? For me it was a product tanker running mixed cargo around the northeast during winter but, I imagine, a winter north Atlantic run, small tugs in Alaska or a tramp ship running round Europe would also offer high intense, hands on, learning of different sorts.
Which was it for you? And which runs would you sign up for if you where 21 with no worries and an eagerness to learn real seamanship?