I started my career with research ships, those white hulled ships. First of all they are good looking ships, I like the design. They flew me to Panama, put me up in a hotel and I had the night to myself and the chicas. We spent five days docked down at Rodman. Once at sea we did lines. 90 miles on course at 8 knots in non shipping lanes, auto pilot, just watch the speed. Bridge is cool with a monitor showing a little ship symbol going down a red line. Push a button to control engines while in bridge control. Off watch was partying with the girls from the charter. At least six girls on board the whole time I was there and they partied like they were in a male prison. She moved in with me so I guess you could say I had a celly. 30 days later back in Panama but the celly got pissed off cause I was going in town wit the chicas. 5 crazy days in Panama and then back to lines. I did four months on her, didn’t have much money but had a swell time. I done four of these ships and enjoyed much more than some other jobs. On these ships you get to hang out in Singapore, Manila, Japan, Panama, Indonesisa, etc. But the problem is very little money, no credit with unions, at least 120 days and did I say no money. It’s a toss up I suppose. I will go back there though one day.