The world of the Deck Cadet,
Once upon a time I posted about what a trainees Sunday schedule would be like under my wing and it got a surprisingly good response, obviously I’m not that harsh after all! Today’s post is a big one, it’s something that I have used for a long time and has be used as a sort of unofficial welcome booklet/ rules of engagement for cadets, it was originally written by one of my favourite Chief Mates, Angry Jim, he was a man who enjoyed being left alone but give him a cadet and he became a natural and inspiring training officer who dedicated way too much time on being patient with me. Wherever he is now I hope he hasn’t changed one bit! He told me to take these ‘guidelines’ and use as my own in the hope that it will be useful for the cadets that I work with and so on. The original was very course and well…hilarious! but I have adapted it to suit the targeted readers of my blog I.e removed all but the most essential swearing and colourful sentences.
It was written with a first/ second trip cadet in mind, generally a cargo ship trip, in this instance a boxboat, after Maersk bought out the mighty P&O Nedlloyd we went dry onboard which decimated the social life but I have kept the section regarding the use of the bar as many other ships can still drink and it is still useful for explaining what is expected of you when alcohol is available.
I have also removed the section on females at sea, the original was in my eyes, a little dated and I am currently in collaboration with a number of female cadets and officers on a post about life at sea from a female point of view and try and highlight any worries that females might have about joining the merchant navy and dispel them from their minds because you are very welcome here at sea.
I have broken up the post into smaller sections and posted separately because otherwise it is a huge amount of info for one post, 5,000+ words. I hope you find it useful, informative or just amusing. As usual I have included as many pictures as I can to help illustrate the more salient points.