I’m leaving for my first job tomorrow!

It’s going to be aboard the Kaye E. Barker on the Great Lakes. Thank you to everyone on here who helped me figure out the credentialing process!

Does anyone have any last minute advice?

Edit: due to a scheduling change, I’m switching over to the Dorothy Ann pathfinder tug barge! I’ve heard it’s like Great Lakes sailing on hard mode



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8 thoughts on “I’m leaving for my first job tomorrow!

  • April 23, 2020 at 9:33 am
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    When in doubt, ask. If you don’t understand the answer, ask again.

    When you’re called for watch (if you’re on deck rather than engine room/galley) always ask about the weather so you can dress appropriately.

    Have fun!

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  • April 23, 2020 at 9:33 am
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    Don’t forget a towel

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  • April 23, 2020 at 9:33 am
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    Always pay attention to where you’re standing and where you’re putting your hands. If it’s your first time doing a task, let someone know. Read the standing/night orders. If you see something on deck or in the wheelhouse that you think everyone else may have missed, don’t be quiet!! Point it out. Good luck!

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  • April 23, 2020 at 9:33 am
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    Good luck! I work out on the lakes so I’m sure I’ll see ya!

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  • April 23, 2020 at 9:33 am
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    Bring warm stuff. It’s still chilly on the lakes

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  • April 23, 2020 at 9:33 am
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    If you don’t know what to do ask if there is something you can do to be useful. Go find someone who out ranks you and ask them for a task. When in doubt clean something, even if your coworkers are just watching tv.

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  • April 23, 2020 at 9:33 am
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    Read every piece of paper and Equipment manual available, ISM manuals got handy to. Good luck, and as said above don’t hesitate to ask.

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  • April 23, 2020 at 9:33 am
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    If you see anything dangerous… even if it’s not your job… speak up. Sailors are full of machismo and many an accident could have been prevented if a junior sailor wasn’t too embarrassed to raise the alarm around his superiors.

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