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Six Months At Sea In The Merchant Marine

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In this short documentary, I tried to answer some of the common questions that I usually get about shipping. The footage I took myself using fairly basic cameras that I could fit in my pocket while I was on the job as a deckhand. The story follows me on a six month journey around the world on a container ship which was on a run between New York and Singapore via the Suez Canal. This was my first time going to sea on a large ship so everything was relatively new to me, therefore please excuse the couple of shipping terms I misused (such as saying "license" when I should have said "credential"). I have been on many ships since and will continue to ship out for the foreseeable future. Thanks for watching. Film by Martin Machado - http://www.martinmachado.com -Special thanks to Jesse Chandler with Third Street Works, and Kai Hsing for their help All Rights Reserved 2012 - This video can not be duplicated or used in part in any form of media. Use of this video in a business or institution for training purposes is prohibited without written permission by Martin Machado.
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Grave Slave (7 hours ago)
Your art is fucking beautiful.
Rory Craft (7 hours ago)
Excellent video!
Pro On (10 hours ago)
Lovely paint skill my friend thk u for this invite
JAY MARTIN (16 hours ago)
Great video, that was well produced. Top notch work. If this "silly old sailor stuff" doesn't work out for you have another talent. Kinda makes me wish that I had done that job, at least for a few years.
101bennyc (1 day ago)
This was really good, thanks for sharing
Rob F (1 day ago)
Well done. I enjoyed a subject I never thought I would be interested in.
Chew Kok Seng (1 day ago)
Thanks Martin for your well made video. You are the modern day Joseph Conrad. Bringing back fond memories when i first went to sea at the tender age of 16 in 1975. Happy sailing and best regards from an old sea dog ⚓☺⛵
AKlover (1 day ago)
7 months work for 1 years pay???
Anita Lied (1 day ago)
At first I felt sad that id never do this but you did such a good job i dont have to. Great work.
DocRox (1 day ago)
10 out of 10 video! What kind of compensation did you receive?
TheRusschannel (1 day ago)
I'd be finding the container full of Coke, that would be my mission lol ~ cause you know dam well there are drugs on that boat
Jonathan Osborn (1 day ago)
Very beautiful paintings!
Dean Ford (1 day ago)
3 words: This was excellent.
Nicolas Talero (2 days ago)
Every single word of this documentary is exactly what I experienced my first time at sea for a prolonged period. And hearing this is helping me realize that the reason I've been unhappy is because I love being out on the water and that life is exactly what I want (for now). I'll never forget being on the mids and seeing aurora borealis underneath the arctic night sky :)
blacksunapocalypse (2 days ago)
I miss when travel videos were like this. Simple, full of emotion, and not full of selfies and "THIS IS THE TIME OF MY LIIIIIFE" vibes to it. Good job :)
Steve H (2 days ago)
excellent
RicTic66 (2 days ago)
Fabulous! I was with you all the way, your narration was spot on and made for a really enjoyable informative film. You should consider taking up voice over as a career. Many thanks for posting your experiences from an old British 'Jack Tar' R.N
Johnny Z (2 days ago)
Yeah, but how much did you get paid?
The Real (2 days ago)
You should update us every chance you get. Great work
Repeat Offender (3 days ago)
I thoroughly enjoyed this. Thanks for posting. What are you up to these days? Greetings from the Space Coast FL
Javier Hernandez (3 days ago)
Nicely done! Nice art work too.
john Done (4 days ago)
I can only add my agreement to the many many complements you have received. I shall watch for more of your work, well done.
tkeajax (5 days ago)
I can hear Cass McCombs in the background of one scene. Sounds like you had good music on the ship.
Matt Foster (5 days ago)
great narration and story..well done
DALE thebelldiver (6 days ago)
I’m a commercial diver now and do in water inspections on these ships. As a kid; I was a commercial fisherman/kid at age 14. This would never fly today and there but a very few commercial fleets in the US now. Stinking laws and stinking GOVERNMENT intervention has destroyed everything about America. I can’t wait to see when WE THE PEOPLE wake up and TAKE it away from the incumbent ass holes in government and re establish the USA as an independent nation. Lol. Yeah right. BUT JUST LIKE Sri Lanka; a UN supervised genocidal slaughter would intervene in any such attempts. By 2030; the nation will go ahead and die. Your global adventurers is the example of how far reaching this global noose of corporatism really really is. You know why the pirates started attacking the ships right?
JB Park (6 days ago)
Great video. Learned so much. Question: what does a typical 6-month contract pay for a first timer???
Trucker MC (7 days ago)
Just Beautiful!! You showed me what I always wanted my life to be...Speechless
Nick Firth (7 days ago)
Excellent film.
Reed C (8 days ago)
Great story! Brought back memories of my days at sea, good ones and bad ones! Great Story!!
Chew Kok Seng (1 day ago)
Ditto from an old sea salt 😊
edmundosoy (8 days ago)
such a beautiful diary. thanks for this
Corn Dog (9 days ago)
What happens if u don't complete a contract?
Joe ROBBINS (10 days ago)
Very cool video I dreamed of doing this as a child.
James Laneyy (10 days ago)
Minimal to no existence of the implementation of an effective PPE policy I see. Shameful to be honest.
Jordan Jenkins (11 days ago)
Looks like my kind of work! Where can I sign on at! I love ships and world travel so I'd be glad to work the decks like you did! Awesome stuff!! 🇺🇸⚓️🚢⛴🛳
Lil Debbie (11 days ago)
Beautiful video, beautiful artwork. Keep going.
KELLS FPV (11 days ago)
What a beautiful and brilliant film most enjoyable...
Amber G NZ (11 days ago)
From one ocean lover to another - nice work!.. haven't done a huge trip like that myself, i'm usually look around the coasts of the world for that elusive and most rarest of ocean substances - Ambergris... next week i'm in Sri Lanka, so was nice to see a photo and hear you mention it.. Any.way, i never write You Tube comments normally, so its a pleasant change to be passing on my thanks for a great vid!.. and yes - you;re a great artist to, best keep that up!
Dave T (13 days ago)
What a great piece! Makes me wish I was young and thin again, I might have liked to have tried that. You ever get much stormy weather?
Mark Shepard (13 days ago)
really well done! Thank you for sharing that experience with us.
AMULET72 (13 days ago)
Could be worse Martin, you could be stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis blues again.........
Bob Failmann (14 days ago)
I envy those who have the privilege of neutralising the pirates with a 50 or RPG. Nice video, by the way.
P.J. Webb (14 days ago)
My soul literally yearns for something like this
Jedi Master Joe (14 days ago)
Are you Brazilian
Jeff W (15 days ago)
This was very well done and relaxing to watch. Your voice is quite soothing.
stardusted100 (15 days ago)
Great video and you told the tale in a really ethereal, wandering way which was very fitting. More videos please.
Quan black (15 days ago)
Preciate this
timoteo (16 days ago)
Did you ever get the chance to shoot at the occasional Somali pirate?
Joshua Grullon (16 days ago)
The worlds oldest profession. Has caused many a Sailor ot miss movement.
Robert Soenen (16 days ago)
Well done.
James Henry Archbold (16 days ago)
Nice film. Gets in your blood I bet.
EdwardDoes (16 days ago)
Beautiful story, thank you
bob mc (16 days ago)
Most enjoyable, thank you for making this gem.
Donald Lord (16 days ago)
I loved this video, Martin. Well done.
Fuzzy Butkus (16 days ago)
I was a long haul truck driver the key to a happy family and a job with travel is a great partner.Male or female if you find a good one keep it in your pants and treat them like gold and #1 never change the schedule with the kids that they have worked out when your gone. It causes them extra headaches and they think you don’t trust them.It would be my luck some yahoo would be killing himself right as we were going under the golden gate. He’d land on me. He’d live and I’d die.
Ethanal Spencer (17 days ago)
A sailor with an artist's eye. What a rare gift to share with the world. Awesome stuff, man.
Doug Moody (17 days ago)
Thoroughly amazing video. You are very talented. I wanted to hear more about pirates though...It didn't appear as though you had much to protect yourself in case of pirates...Was there any firearms or training on how to use them for defense?
Connie Jurgs (15 days ago)
I was a merchant marine officer for 20 years before retiring this year. We went thru the pirate zone many times while transiting the Gulf of Aden. At first there was exactly one fire arm aboard the ship. The captain had a 38 with 56 rounds of ammunition. It was kept in the safe in the captain's office. After the Maersk Alabama incident we started using mercenaries to guard the ship during our Gulf transit. This was a royal pain in the ass. On the first boarding, the mercenaries came on when we went by the Port of Suez on our transit of the Red Sea. The Egyptians didn't like the M16s that the mercenaries had, so they were reduced to cross bows, which were allowed. At the time I was working for the same company that had the Maersk Alabama under charter for hauling containers. I know that this whole thing sounds like a 'Sea Story', but it sounds just too crazy NOT to be true. Later on, the weapons problem was worked out and the mercenaries had M16s to shoot at any pirates. They were scrambled a couple of times while I was aboard, but there was never any real threats where they needed to shoot at an active pirate boarder. You have to realize that there are 100's of small fishing boats out working at any time. You can't tell which one may be a pirate boat because they don't fly a 'skull & crossbones' flag. Most are just poor fishermen trying to feed their families. You just have to keep a very sharp lookout for anyone that may turn and follow you as you pass by. I can say that I was aboard a car carrier and that type of ship would be quite difficult to board from a small boat. We usually operated at full speed and hoped for some fairly rough seas. When you have 15 to 20 foot seas, a small boat would be quite slow, but it wouldn't slow down a large ship my much at all. The other difficulty we had was getting the mercenaries off again. Usually, we would continue on out into the Indian Ocean and up to the Persian Gulf. We tried to get the mercenaries off in Oman and Saudi Arabia, but the authorities didn't want anything to do with that. Finally we docked in Kuwait to discharge our cargo and there was still a paperwork SNAFU. It was my time to get off and come home, so I never did find out what happened. Later, I was back on the same ship, on the same route, but we convoyed up with a small cadre of military ships that had helicopter gun ships for our protection. The mercenaries were then NOT taken aboard. Some of the guys got together a very lifelike looking dummy that was dressed up in a military uniform. The dummy had a rifle and stood 24 hour a day guard on the back deck in full view of any pirates that tried to sneak up from our stern. No telling if that fooled anyone, but we tried.
Willy Gwaltney (18 days ago)
What kind of $$ did u make and put away on 6 month contract?
ugsisr (18 days ago)
Very nice! Well done...
comcastjohn (18 days ago)
Great video and well narrated. What was the food like and such? Are you still sailing?
Fooey Yu (18 days ago)
FUCK YOU ! (in your face asshole)
Roger Balcer (18 days ago)
Bravo, very entertaining !
S Lit (19 days ago)
They Spent thier Money on Tattoos,Booze and Whores.....The rest of the Money they just Pissed Away......🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔
milominder (19 days ago)
Two Years Before the Mast. One of the best reads.
GI. Evans (19 days ago)
Nice documentary, bought back good, & bad memory's of 20 year at sea, used hate serving on box boats.
Nice and informative
Big Green Cherry (19 days ago)
The paintings at the end are amazing! Well done Martin!
dsonyay (19 days ago)
Really good video. Thanks for not putting stupid chipmunk voice electronic music as background. Would have liked to see a tour.. like galley, crew lounges, staterooms, heads, etc. Workout rooms? What is the typical pay for someone (an Amercan)? I spent 20 years in the US Navy and retired in 2007. The lifestyle is nearly the same. Good job.
Aerohk (20 days ago)
Make more videos!!
roundsout155 (20 days ago)
Great thank you for posting the video ! 9/29/18 SPOKANE WA !
Fast Eddy Love (20 days ago)
Nicely done. Thanks for sharing.
noah lawrence (20 days ago)
How does one get a job on a container vessel
Connie Jurgs (19 days ago)
Join one of the maritime unions. They will get you the training needed and give you a chance to get on a ship. The job you can qualify for will depend on the union and how much training you have.
getredytagetredy (20 days ago)
Fantastic video...you are quite the video maker and editor, and i learned a lot..Two of my friends were SIU and I met Paul Hall once...Who was as famous as Jimmy Hoffa was...Mr. Hall was Mr.SIU...
USAMontanan (22 days ago)
Now you have to be a cowboy for a year then a gold miner for a year etc... Great film! Loved it!!
jawadad802 (22 days ago)
oh dude you sound so miserable on board. Sailing...it's not for you
On The Lamb (23 days ago)
What an excellent video of your experiences! Great job!
Daxter (23 days ago)
Great vid man! I did alot of the same things during me time on a Coast Guard cutter.
johnny walker (23 days ago)
this video i watch of a person who speaks English well made this job seem like paradise. Yours seems like SH!T. I mean wtf; that job seems like you have to do work and not rely on your education. F that
Connie Jurgs (19 days ago)
If you choose to get more training and education you can advance in pay by qualifying for a different job. It all depends on what you wish to do.
Richie Colon (24 days ago)
This is so well done that each minute I found myself looking forward to learning about the next port or the next work task. Bravo! Thank you for proving life is much more interesting than fiction.
Timothy Taggart (24 days ago)
Why is this guys voice sounds gay? Yeah, he's gay.
Maurice Jones (24 days ago)
How much do you make
Doc Diesel (24 days ago)
Martin where are you now?
Mike Lowo (25 days ago)
Articulate presentation ,nice one.....wish to sail again.
petes nightmare (25 days ago)
ab ..... LICENSE ???
Glenn Rishton (26 days ago)
Retired August 2017 after about 30 years on sea going tugboats. I always enjoyed being at sea...in good weather but was ready to give it up, just wasnt fun anymore.
qaannat (26 days ago)
really nice on the illustrations there. I almost exited this video pretty quick, but thought if it grabs me... it did. Nice work. Good story. I felt like I was there.
New User (26 days ago)
this is my dream job!!! i work building similar vessels.. ive talked to crew members of the ships we build and work on and these guys are making about $400 a day!! and the traveling would just be an added bonus.. i already spend most my money traveling whenever i get a chance!
Valerii Iavtushenko (27 days ago)
Great work! My respect!
mandaltby (27 days ago)
Great video , thanks
Ricardo Boereau (28 days ago)
Great story, very interesting. I enjoyed watching
Rick Kania (28 days ago)
This is an enjoyable film, nice to have live that experience.
Rick Kania (28 days ago)
Great vid, well done.
AR Animates (28 days ago)
This gives excellent inspiration for those taking maritime for their future.
Trumphet Blower (29 days ago)
Are you hiring? I'm looking for employment. Who do I contact? Is the pay good? Please tell me everything. Thanks.
Trumphet Blower (10 days ago)
Thank you.
Connie Jurgs (15 days ago)
If you have no sea experience, check out Paul Hall Center. They will give you the training you need and hook you up with a job on a ship. After that, it's all up to you and you can climb the ladder up as far as you are willing.
Cool Man A/C & Heating (29 days ago)
Great Film Martin, I enjoyed your story telling. Great paintings too.
pmac63 (29 days ago)
One of the best videos I have seen on Youtube. Thank you!
Thank you sharing your adventure !!!
Calvin Do (1 month ago)
i didnt think i would like this, but after 5m it was really enjoyable. your narrate was perfect; a good story teller. By the way, i live in San Jose, pretty close to you.
William Vanson (1 month ago)
This is really great video. Really gives an idea of a modern day seaman’s life Thank you
Eric Vidal (1 month ago)
How much was your pay for 6 months at sea
mattssn (1 month ago)
Love coming across stuff like this, thank you for sharing your Journey, if you don't mind me asking, how old were you when you did this 6 Month+ work journey?

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