Tinker Taylorís Homepage

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"I have known the sea too long to believe in it's sense of decency."

My name is Martin, or 'Tink', to my old school friends.

For over twenty years I was a sea-going ship's Captain, commanding oil tankers, including ULCC's (Ultra Large Crude Carriers - Supertankers) and latterly on Chemical and Product Tankers.

Now in semi-retirement and filling in on various ships as required.

Having spent some 40 years in my maritime career I have had the good fortune to have navigated all around the World, visiting some 325 ports within 88 countries. It all sounds good, but as with all occupations there are both positive and negative aspects. I am lucky enough to have never been sea-sick, but occasionally get sick-of-the-sea.

The milestone 300th port of call was 'Come By Chance', Newfoundland.

†††††††††††††††† The above quote from Conrad is so very true as my photo vividly depicts I am now 60+ years of age and enjoy, and indulge, in all the good things in life, some of which I should probably avoid. Good food, good wine and good female company. The latter being the most troublesome to find. After all, who wants a relationship with an 'Old Sea Dog' who is married to his ship(s), the welfare of her crew, and the Sea

†††††††††††††††† According to Samuel Johnson, "Being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned."††† perhaps very true in respect of the modern mercantile industry, with small crews and rapid turn-around time in port, opportunity for shore leave is either rare or non-existent.

†††††††††††††††† However, the seafarer both lives and works in one of the most challenging and, at times, hostile environments known to man.

†††††††††††††††† Browse through my picture galleries to discover a tiny hint of what life at sea is all about.

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