Thanks everyone for the quick response to my unusual sea time problem. As soon as I can figure out exactly how to do it, I’ll speak to Bob? Joel? Which? about the observer time. For now, here are four more problems:
4 months deckhand/shotcharger time on a 104gt F/V chartered to a Geophysical company for seismic work on Cook Inlet. I have a 46 year old letter from the office on faded company stationery. It specifies the duties and time and is signed by the guy who hired me. No Captain’s signiture, however, so how will the Coast Guard look at this? The Captain had nothing whatsoever to do with my hiring. With respect to the Charter, he was as much the company’s employee as I was.
Much time over a four year period in the 60s on my own 29’ gillnetter,
time both Inland (Puget Sound, Grenville Channel, etc.) and Near Coastal
(Pacific Coast down to Southern California. I have the original Alaskan
registration in my name for this boat. Can any of this time count toward an Unlimited AB document? Can any of it count toward an Unlimited Third Mate? I already have an AB Any Waters 12 Months for which all of the time is over 1000gt. Is that a consideration for the Coast Guard?
For the 100 ton Masters, I read on the internet two apparently contrary
statements regarding recency. One says that the recency is 90 days of the required total–with no mention of tonnage. The other version is that tonnage limitations on the license are determined by recency tonnage, not by the tonnage of the remainder time. Which version is correct?
For three months in 83 I taught Seamanship at Seattle OIC down at Pier 91, Seattle. Most of it to disadvantaged, some of whom were sleeping downtown in doorways. It was a good, strong course with lots of towing theory, knot work–even lifeboat training. We went out regularly on the School tug to jump barges over by harbor island, in several cases to make some 600 foot tows. It was generally Crowley barges that we moved around, with Crowley’s permission. On the tug I was always Acting Mate, although I only had the AB 12 Months Any Waters. And I took them aboard the Japanese apple freighters that berthed near my classroom. They got to see how the davits worked, and I explained to them the yard and stay method the Japanese were still using, with winch head stuff and fairled topping lifts. And we took a tour on the Bureau of Indian Affairs Victory, North Star. Captain Clyde Holcomb was my superior on the tug. He was the one who selected me, and he was always in the process of getting the Coast Guard to grant OS documents to the students. The School had an engine room side, and those guys did get regular CG documents at varying levels. When the class wanted to know whether it was all right to go aboard the Japanese ships, a old giant of a longshoreman said, “Boys, in this world you can do anything you’re man enough to do.” Of course, that made their day, sleeping as they were in doorways. I don’t know what the status of the deck side was at the time I left. The school folded not long after. The head of the company, a preacher supposedly, ran off with the money. The twenty two story building they had went vacant, windows broken. I don’t know what happened to the three million dollar gym they had on the top floor for the instructors (I never used it.) Holcomb died from another of his heart attacks about that time. I have a letter from his supervisor attesting to my duties on company stationery, with my tug time approximate. But…no signiture of Captain Holcomb. So. Any opinions out there as to how the CG will view the letter of my service?