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Old 08-24-2015, 06:41 PM   #1
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I want to be a captain

There are a number of versions of this, I think this is the original.


Written by a ten year old schoolboy and published in the 1993 March Maritime Officer.

I want to be a captain when I grow up because itís a funny job and easy to do. Captains donít need much school education they just have to learn numbers so they can read the instruments. I guess they should be able to read maps so they wonít get lost. Captains should be brave so they wonít be scared if itís foggy and they canít see, or if a propeller falls off they should stay calm so they will know what to do. Captains have to have eyes to see through clouds and they canít be afraid of thunder or lightning because they are closer to them than we are.
The salary that captains make is another thing I like. They make more money than they can spend. This is because most people think that captaining a ship is dangerous, except captains, because they know how easy it is. There isnít much I donít like, except girls like captains and all the girls want to marry captains so they always have to chase them away so they wonít bother them. I hope I donít get seasick because I get car sick and if I get seasick I could not be a captain and then I would have to go to work.
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Old 08-24-2015, 07:19 PM   #2
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I've seen a similar letter purportedly written by a young boy wanting to become a pilot. I could have written that letter in my youth.

I became a pilot because
a) I loved flying, and
b) I didn't want to work for a living.
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Old 08-24-2015, 07:20 PM   #3
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Sounds more like something written by one of a couple captains I know..
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Old 08-24-2015, 07:49 PM   #5
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That explains it. All I need to do is to Captain the boat instead of fix it, and then it won't be work anymore.
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I just want to see it in the flavor of "I want to be a cowboyee"

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Old 08-26-2015, 12:22 PM   #8
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This is just wrong. I'm in my third renewal and I've yet to be chased by any girls.
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Old 08-26-2015, 01:11 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by FlyWright View Post
I've seen a similar letter purportedly written by a young boy wanting to become a pilot. I could have written that letter in my youth.

I became a pilot because
a) I loved flying, and
b) I didn't want to work for a living.
c) The chicks dig pilots
There....I fixed it for you!!!
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Old 08-26-2015, 03:53 PM   #10
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There....I fixed it for you!!!
Thanks, Baker...I didn't want to brag!
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Old 08-26-2015, 04:21 PM   #12
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While not everyone is going to become a Master Unlimited in command of a large ocean going vessel, perhaps another reason to become a captain is the recent survey that listed State University of New York Maritime College as having the highest paid graduates at mid-career (it was two schools above Harvard). My brother captains a large ship and he gets a great four week on/four week off rotation. Most people get four weeks off PER YEAR. That and he and his family can live wherever they want as the company flies him to and from the ship. Oh, and he loves his job (priceless).
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