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Old 01-08-2014, 05:08 PM   #11
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You also made me proud, Cat. I'm just saying this here for the record. DA is proud too, and when the news hits the rest of the family, you'll have made them proud as well.

To be honest, I never knew she knew so much about boats. She told me this morning about all she knew, and she had 2 notebooks full of printouts of Catina and other fishing boats. There are all kinds of specifications, measurements, propulsion systems and grids, and other things.

And she wants to be a journalist, but I'm thinking maritime engineer.

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I like your thinking. Maritime Engineer pays much better than a journalist. It would be a shame for all that knowledge to go to waste. And she will become the new owner of the CatinaII someday.
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Old 01-08-2014, 05:37 PM   #12
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I like your thinking. Maritime Engineer pays much better than a journalist. It would be a shame for all that knowledge to go to waste. And she will become the new owner of the CatinaII someday.
Papa had called my brother Nicu and he has called Cat. Nicu is quite a seagoing one, and they are having a lovefest. I knew my brother would love this!

She has no formal training, Addie. But she does have a scientific calculator and she was looking up things and punching away at it. She's good with mathematics, for sure, but she has no formal training in anything like this. I don't know where this came from, unless I missed something. She does love the sea!

PapaCat has told her that the new Catina will be in both their names with joint ownership. This one will be all hers when he passes.

UNCA doesn't offer maritime studies. I certainly wouldn't know what to do with a fishing vessel.

This may become quite interesting.

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Old 01-08-2014, 06:14 PM   #13
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Papa had called my brother Nicu and he has called Cat. Nicu is quite a seagoing one, and they are having a lovefest. I knew my brother would love this!

She has no formal training, Addie. But she does have a scientific calculator and she was looking up things and punching away at it. She's good with mathematics, for sure, but she has no formal training in anything like this. I don't know where this came from, unless I missed something. She does love the sea!

PapaCat has told her that the new Catina will be in both their names with joint ownership. This one will be all hers when he passes.

UNCA doesn't offer maritime studies. I certainly wouldn't know what to do with a fishing vessel.

This may become quite interesting.

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We have maritime academies in this country. One is located right in New York. They are located all over the coast line of this country. We even have one down on the Cape here in Mass. The Massachusetts Maritime Academy. It is associated with the Woods Hole Oceanic Institute of Oceanography. It is recognized as one of the best in the world. With her diploma from UNC she will qualify for officers training. That means all aspects of seamanship. She already has a head start with all her knowledge.

I would suggest during her third and fourth year at UNC that she switch her major to mathematics. It will come in handy when figuring her location on the seas. Should all the electronics on the boat go out at the same time, (an unlikely event) she will know how to use a sextant.
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But I already know how to use a sextant! No one said anything about maritime engineering until now! I'm very good with mathematics.

Anything of this must wait for I am taking care of DA right now and I still want to be a journalist.

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For the record, Cat, it's an option for you in the future. There are maritime places of learning we can send you to when and if you wish. Now don't get all huffy and puffy.

We all understand your responsibilities and goals. Sometimes goals can change, Cat, and we'll talk about this later.

We're off to Outback for a celebration!

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I guess I could be a journalist when it isn't fishing season, yes? Someone will have to drive that boat when Papa gives it up!

During the summer when I was 17, we were out to sea and Papa became really, really sick. At the time, the only other driver was me, for the other two weren't there. A couple of the crew had some rudimentary skills at driving her and using the radio, so I dragged them to the wheelhouse for help because we were in the path of a nasty storm and the nets were out and the only thing to do was to ride it out.

The Black Sea is a beast. She can be sweet and kind one minute and the next minute she's trying to break you in half. Storms form quickly and become very powerful within just a few minutes. This one was horrible. The crew secured the deck, and I told all of them to go below and get into their survival suits. They did, and they took turns manning the bilge pumps in case we took water and they were just incredible! So smart, so very sensible!

The windows started leaking right away and poor Catina's stupid rudder wasn't cutting fast enough to rebound off the waves which were later thought to be 50 feet high. I don't know. I just saw wall after wall after wall after wall of water coming at us. The men were yelling at me to hold steady, and I was, and they were watching and looking and on the radio with other boats in the fleet. There was lightning everywhere! I stayed in there 22 hours until Papa finally dragged himself in after the storm. I was terrified, exhausted, and shaking like an earthquake and Papa took over and this time he didn't make me sleep on the floor, he let me sleep in his bunk.

I slept for 10 straight hours. When I woke up, they were eating lunch in the galley and I went in there and they all raised their cups at me! The sea was calm, and Papa came into the galley and hugged me right in front of half the crew and they shook my hand and thumped me on the back and said I was an old seadog! That isn't an insult; it's a compliment in Romania.

The very sad part of this is that I heard two boats in distress on the radio and learned later both of them sank with all hands lost. I couldn't get to them without putting us at great risk. The inquiry found these boats didn't have proper survival suits or rafts or anything. They weren't Romanian; I believe they were Georgian, and they have very loose regulations of fishing vessels there.

Maybe after my time with DA is over, I wonder if I have another responsibility? We spoke of this at dinner and Mamma said I should tell you all of this. I'll never forget that awful storm. Sometimes it comes back to me in dreams and I wake up shaking and scared. But there's something about the sea which is so wondrous, so amazing, so astonishing and so unpredictable that I can't imagine my life without the sea being some part of it.

I could probably work as a freelance journalist and be available for fishing season, yes? The crew knows me and they trust me. They know I don't act like a spoiled brat like some daughters and sons I've heard about in the fleet. And I shall know our new Catina from bow to stern and port to starboard and everywhere in between this time!

So much, so much, so much! Perhaps I must refocus when the time comes. Right now everything is DA and college and that is how this is for now and it is as it should be. I'll break my tail helping Papa build this new boat and Uncle Nicu is helping him also. I'll keep my grades up and I may have to cut out very much time with Carl and Laki but they'll understand and get over it, yes?

Mamma said she and Papa would definitely send me to a maritime academy of some kind if I wanted this. If I'm inheriting a boat, I think I should. That will be much later, of course.

I do need to learn from Papa how he inspires such loyalty from his crew. I know he dismissed them from Catina and paid them all their salaries until April 2015. I want to be just like Papa; his crew loves him. Other boats have approached Papa's crew members with offers over the years, but they never went away. I must learn to be as good with them as Papa is.

Oh I have too much to learn! Too much. My head is so tired now!

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Who says that because you will eventually own a fishing vessel that you will have to work on it? You can hire a captain to do that for you.

Also, if I'm not mistaken, getting an education in a U.S. merchant marine academy incurs a service obligation just like joining the Air Force to get pilot training incurs a service obligation. Is that what you want?
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Face it Cat. You have salt water for blood and you will never get rid of it. I can not live more than a mile from the ocean. I think it is why I married two men of the sea. So I know. As kids, we used to go down to the beach and sit on the steps across the street and watch the waves come over the wall during a Nor'easter. I love the beauty of a sea storm.
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Who says that because you will eventually own a fishing vessel that you will have to work on it? You can hire a captain to do that for you.

Also, if I'm not mistaken, getting an education in a U.S. merchant marine academy incurs a service obligation just like joining the Air Force to get pilot training incurs a service obligation. Is that what you want?
Not necessarily. I know a lot of men who have been to sea as deck hands that will go to the Maritime Academy here on Cape Cod for the sole purpose of getting their pilot's license. They get to bring in the big cargo and oil tankers to their docks. They like the idea of being home every night and weekends. No ship movement on the weekends here. And if I am not mistaken, they now have classes on line.

Very few owners of fishing vessels hire a captain unless they own more than one boat. And if the owner chooses to no longer captain his own boat, he usually has a son(s) who have been going out since early childhood with their father. So they take over. Some corporations own a fleet. They are the ones who hire captains. And they have to be licensed and certified by the U.S. Coast Guard.

It is not an academy for the Merchant Marines. It is a Maritime Academy. For the sea. It used to be to train officers for the Merchant Marines. But that changed many years ago.

I read this over. My tone has come across as condensing and a know-it-all. But I am too aggravated to go back and rewrite it. Please accept my apologies.
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Not necessarily. I know a lot of men who have been to sea as deck hands that will go to the Maritime Academy here on Cape Cod for the sole purpose of getting their pilot's license. They get to bring in the big cargo and oil tankers to their docks. They like the idea of being home every night and weekends. No ship movement on the weekends here. And if I am not mistaken, they now have classes on line.
Up-thread, you were talking to Cat about becoming an officer. That's what I was responding to.

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Very few owners of fishing vessels hire a captain unless they own more than one boat. And if the owner chooses to no longer captain his own boat, he usually has a son(s) who have been going out since early childhood with their father. So they take over. Some corporations own a fleet. They are the ones who hire captains. And they have to be licensed and certified by the U.S. Coast Guard.
So what if Cat is one of the very few who does not captain a fishing boat she owns? Her education goals and interests don't seem to jibe with that lifestyle.

I know in this area, there are commercial fishermen who own more than one boat. Since they can only captain one at a time, naturally they hire a captain to manage any additional ones.

Remember too that we are talking about a ship located in the Black Sea, presumably registered in Romania and not the U.S.
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