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  • To all the cadets about to start Phase 1 or later phases.

    First of all congratulations and good luck!

    Secondly I would like you all to take the time to sit down and read this Article:

    A big sigh from your parents but now the anxiety sets in!


    You may have read it before, but it is worth revisiting it again. I got so many people saying it was spot on last year that it became an article. I have to say on rereading it again that some of the sentiment in there was mine - I was missing my son on the one hand and proud and excited for him being at the start of a journey, knowing what was ahead of him.

    One year on and he is already rounding the corners off and getting to know stuff - but he does not know it all. So remember all you phase 3 cadets, you may be able to swing the old oil lamp above your heads and go Oooohhh Arrrrr whilst you regale your mates of acts of derring do and adventure in your first sea phase whilst your lecturers sit in the corner rolling their eyes - but you are still at early doors on your journey and still have a lot to learn. I don't mean to on your bonfire, but you have got a lot of work to do this year. It is not insurmountable by any means - many thousands have trod the path before you - but get stuck in from an early date - it will make a difference.

    Those about to start Phase 3 - well done on surviving your first sea phase intact. You will probably notice a bit of thinning out in your classrooms. some will have already left. You know the drill - ring mum! .

    Have fun everyone........

    And don't forget......

    RING MUM and let her know you are alive!
    "Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk." - Sir Francis Chichester.
    "Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear." - Buzzy Trent

    "Careers at Sea" Ambassador - Experience of General Cargo, Combo ships, Tanker, Product Carrier, Gas Carrier, Ro-Ro, Reefer Container, Anchor Handlers.

  • #2
    For some reason there is no thanks button on the mobile version of the site (CD?), so instead I will just say that the article is well worth a read.

    Have fun folks.
    Go out, do stuff

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    • #3
      Being the proud mum of a phase 4 and a phase 1 cadet, I echo Hatchorder's comments. No matter what phase you are in or even if you are qualified, keep in touch with home because dads are eager to hear from you as well. Good luck to you all

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      • #4
        Yes we at home like we to know how you are, so who ever you have at home I'm sure would love a call, email, anything really. Dads do seem to be forgotten sometimes but they do like to have the odd call which has been made specially to them. So I hope Hatchorders son remembers, as there were almost more stars on his last post a few weeks ago than there are stars in the sky. I do hope you found him Hatchorder!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Midge View Post
          Yes we at home like we to know how you are, so who ever you have at home I'm sure would love a call, email, anything really. Dads do seem to be forgotten sometimes but they do like to have the odd call which has been made specially to them. So I hope Hatchorders son remembers, as there were almost more stars on his last post a few weeks ago than there are stars in the sky. I do hope you found him Hatchorder!
          Like all bad pennies he turned up - LATE! The rumours he was with Edward Snowden were just that - Rumours. Though his excuses for not being in touch were as varied and fanciful as some of the best stories I have heard and involved black holes, time distortion, chaos theory and the good old standby "The Bosun ate my homework" in there somewhere. All a crock of sh1t - but good stories all the same. All practice for when he sits in the inquiry and says - "I saw nothing and touched nothing!"

          Currently away on holiday with the whole family in Malta and home in a few days - then it is standby fore and aft in getting him ready for going back to college!

          Then we start it all again after Xmas for the daughter off to Uni!

          When will we get some peace?

          Ian
          "Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk." - Sir Francis Chichester.
          "Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear." - Buzzy Trent

          "Careers at Sea" Ambassador - Experience of General Cargo, Combo ships, Tanker, Product Carrier, Gas Carrier, Ro-Ro, Reefer Container, Anchor Handlers.

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          • #6
            I thought phase 3 cadets were already back at wma?

            Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 4

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            • #7
              Depends on which course you're doing.

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              • #8
                Foundation Degree is the 23rd September....

                If not - someone is in the crap!

                Ian
                "Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk." - Sir Francis Chichester.
                "Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear." - Buzzy Trent

                "Careers at Sea" Ambassador - Experience of General Cargo, Combo ships, Tanker, Product Carrier, Gas Carrier, Ro-Ro, Reefer Container, Anchor Handlers.

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                • #9
                  Ha well phase one fd are already here

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                  • #10
                    Lots of fresh looking faces with maps wandering around STC.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Martyboy View Post
                      Lots of fresh looking faces with maps wandering around STC.
                      For those of you returning after a trip to sea, just remember what it was like to be the fresh faced guy / girl with the map and lend a hand or even just a friendly word.
                      Go out, do stuff

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Clanky View Post
                        For those of you returning after a trip to sea, just remember what it was like to be the fresh faced guy / girl with the map and lend a hand or even just a friendly word.
                        I gave 2 guys directions today

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Martyboy View Post
                          I gave 2 guys directions today
                          Hopefully in the right direction though!

                          My bosun is super mean with fresh faced cadets finding their way round the ship, he'd send them up to the monkey to find the engine room if he could!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by laura View Post
                            Hopefully in the right direction though!

                            My bosun is super mean with fresh faced cadets finding their way round the ship, he'd send them up to the monkey to find the engine room if he could!
                            I remember joining my first ship, as taken to C Deck and placed in a cabin and told I couldn't move off that deck, so I sat for a few minutes and the phone rang and the mate told me I had to see customs, so I should go to the CCR with my passport, i was so enthusiastic I ran all the way up to the top deck and burst into the captains cabin to get told it was on the main deck, and meat and enraged mate on the way up the stairs shouting about how customs are busy people and I shouldn't keep them waiting!! Terrifying start.........

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Martyboy View Post
                              I remember joining my first ship, as taken to C Deck and placed in a cabin and told I couldn't move off that deck, so I sat for a few minutes and the phone rang and the mate told me I had to see customs, so I should go to the CCR with my passport, i was so enthusiastic I ran all the way up to the top deck and burst into the captains cabin to get told it was on the main deck, and meat and enraged mate on the way up the stairs shouting about how customs are busy people and I shouldn't keep them waiting!! Terrifying start.........
                              Aye, I remember being handed off to the 3rd Engineer, who then proceeded to explain in a very strong Glasgwegian accent (at high volume and close up) the benefits of checking the work of the motormen yourself and verifying that the job was done correctly and promptly.

                              Yeah, I've not forgotten that lesson...
                              I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.....

                              All posts here represent my own opinion and not that of my employer.

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