What's The Galley/Mess Area Dress Code Where You Work?

Well then I’m Oliver Cromwell. Off with your bloody head…

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My Irish ancestors wish the same for you.

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I’m part German, Irish and American Indian.What an effing mix . No one has ever turned down saurkraut and sausage in my home. Nor slow cooked BBQ. We mostly leave the headdresses, killts, and ties at home. Flip flops and boaters only. Shorts and shirts are minimally required. Island wear is fashionable and welcomed. Especially the flowery shit. The gals look good in that stuff.


Just don’t let your wife buy you clothes. I’m currently sporting a black shirt with a gold palm leaf pattern that makes me look like a hit man for the Sinaloa drug cartel.


Might be good if you want to be left without a casual “hello” from a passerby.

Might be bad if you aren’t looking for jobs executing gringos and journalists.

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I have worked mostly research, and it varies. I have seen it all including sports bras and very skimpy shorts. I’m not the clothes police and I’m not dying on that hill.

I agree with most on open toed shoes, they do not belong on the mess or anywhere else unless we are talking about shower shoes used for the purpose of taking a shower. You’re crazy if you don’t have those.

I had to say something once to an intern who wore fluffy bedroom slippers to an abandon ship drill, but it was just a word to the wise thing. She knew better but got in a hurry. I will not get into it with anyone about clothing, otherwise. Let the Chief Steward, cooks or dept heads say something if they want to open that can of worms

We don’t have uniforms so my work clothes are the usual engineer’s garb, t-shirts and wranglers or carharts…and if I emerge from my room in my off hours, I am in a clean shirt, bermuda length shorts or track pants, and sneaks. Also acceptable are closed toe fisherman’s style sandals (Teva, Merrell, etc)

You say that like it’s a problem. Just add mirrored aviators. and a chain around your neck.


There have been varied dress codes depending on vessels in my experience. Hell, on my first ship, all officers (including cadets) were required to wear khakis and shoulder boards, although I believe that was the Captain’s preference, and on a containership, no less. I never sailed on another vessel with that requirement. All of the other ships I sailed on there were no spoken or written requirements that I recall, other than being presentable. Tugs were the most lax. To be honest, I never paid much attention to what the female crew members I sailed with wore. . . I have spent some time in Mexican offshore platforms where work clothes/coveralls were banned from the galley. . .

If you wonder what a towboat galley is like here is the you tube channel of
“Saucy The Towboat Chef”. She’s a piece of work with lots of video.

How does she stack up against what you are used to?

Saucy The Towboat Chef


I don’t believe in doing things half way. I’ll see if @Emrobu can fabricate a silencer for me at a reasonable price.


We have the technology, jefe.

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Saucys cheesecake looks tasty.

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LOL, I’ll tell her next time I talk with her.

And of course the best and most famous pie cart was/still is Harry’s Cafe de Wheels (later de axles) outside Garden Island Dockyard in Sydney. Sadly it’s gone upmarket attracting the rich and famous and moved down the road away from the dockyard gates thus losing its authentic sailor’s last-chance eatery origins on the walk back onboard from the haunts of Kings Cross.

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