top ten things you should know about life on a ship in a shipyard

People ask me what it’s like to live and work on a ship. I’m going to give it to you straight friends. Sometimes, it is not pretty. Following are some hard facts. Try not to scream.

    10. You will be reassigned to a summertime job you may or may not know anything about.

    9. You will not be able to use the crew galley because the real galley is under construction and the actual galley workers have to cook the food somewhere.

    8. You will be allowed to take very long showers, but there won’t really be any hot water so you won’t want to take really long showers.

    7. The laundry room will be closed for a couple of days to install really nice new HE washing machines that need special soap that is ironically currently not available in the ship shop.

    6. There will be noise, more noise than usual, jackhammers jackhammering all day long to get rid of the floor on deck three so a new floor can be installed.

    5. There will be blackouts, both planned and unplanned, lasting from 10 minutes through 10 hours.

    4. There will be water outages, both planned and unplanned, lasting 8 hours through?

    3. You will need to walk to the opposite end of the ship to use a bathroom when the water is off and the toilet won’t flush, then the toilet that wouldn’t flush will flush when you least expect it and scare the living day lights out of you.

    2. The fire panel can go absolutely bonkers when the electricians disconnect a power loop to move a smoke detector from one spot to a new spot a bit further down the hall, thus sending the duty officer on a mad dash to make sure the ship is not going to implode.

    1. The time spent in shipyard this year has gone incredibly smoothly according to all the project coordinators? πŸ˜€

Good times. Good times.

His… Michelle
Philippians 1:20

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8 thoughts on “top ten things you should know about life on a ship in a shipyard

    • Indeed. I’m drawing on all my camping skills at this point. I’m camping indoors. I won’t get wet. Unless, of course, the sprinklers break when the electricians try to move something again. Ship life is not for the faint of heart. 😳

  1. Pays to be flexible. Knowing this is where God wants you to be makes it worth while for you I’m sure. Someone asked our missionary in India how she could go there and stay for 60 years. She said it is because she knows that is what God wants her to do. It does take great faith. Thank you for sharing your adventures and all the nice photos as well.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

    • Hi Charlotte. I think it’s the only way I can be here. Sometimes I look around and think exactly that, how am I going to stay here? Away from the people I love. Away from the things I love. It’s hard right now. I’m glad you like the photos. πŸ™‚

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