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Woman at Sea - Help!

Val the Gal

Lantern Swinger
Appropriate forum to put this in?
Right, the RFA won't take me even though I've sworn allegiance to the same sovereign as the rest of you (grumbling Canuck) so how else can a woman get a job at sea? I'm no spring chick but think Radar in MASH: small person who knows where everything is and gets things done. I'm highly educated but that doesn't stop me from doing real work. And though not qualified, I can cook for large numbers and make a meal out of anything. Any suggestions or advice welcome and with thanks!
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
How's about working as a member of the crew on the sail training ship(s) operated by the Sea Cadet organisations in UK and/or their equivalents in Europe?
 

Val the Gal

Lantern Swinger
How's about working as a member of the crew on the sail training ship(s) operated by the Sea Cadet organisations in UK and/or their equivalents in Europe?

Oh, this sounds good. I'll look into that. Thanks a mill. (My avatar is HMCS Oriole which I had the great fortune to sail on up the coast of British Columbia once upon a time.) All I've found online so far are cruise ship & ferry ads, no thanks. I was wondering about tankers ...
 
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MG Maniac

War Hero
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Right, the RFA won't take me even though I've sworn allegiance to the same sovereign as the rest of you (grumbling Canuck) so how else can a woman get a job at sea? I'm no spring chick but think Radar in MASH: small person who knows where everything is and gets things done. I'm highly educated but that doesn't stop me from doing real work. And though not qualified, I can cook for large numbers and make a meal out of anything. Any suggestions or advice welcome and with thanks!

You weren't in Vancouver in 86' perchance??? If so it wasn't me ...nobody saw me ... you can't prove nothin!
 

Val the Gal

Lantern Swinger
You weren't in Vancouver in 86' perchance??? If so it wasn't me ...nobody saw me ... you can't prove nothin!

I knew I'd find you eventually, you rotter. And she looks just like you.

(Sorry, got carried away. Forgot I wasn't in Lil's.)
 
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MG Maniac

War Hero
Theres also a few big yachts in the Med / Caribbean which take on cooks/general deck hands for the season. Helps if you've got a competent crew ticket on Ocean Going Yachts though. Friend of mine did it for a couple of seasons in the Med running up through the Greek Islands.
 

Dabtoe11

Badgeman
Give Arklow Shipping a try, they used to be good as long as you can sailor and cook but been a while since I sailed with them
 

Val the Gal

Lantern Swinger
How about a Spanish trawler? Plenty of sea time on one of those.

And get fired on by the Irish navy?! They're not too popular here. (Or Canada, for that matter.)

Thanks everyone for suggestions. Have noted them all and will check them out (except the Spanish trawlers, sorry).
 
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