As a merchant mariner, I am among those mesmerized by John Masefield’s revered poem “Sea-Fever”: “I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, / And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.” This portrait of a determined individual longing for the sea, despite all the challenges it brings, has been woven into the psyche of seafaring men and women from time immemorial. It is as relevant today for young recruits as it was for me and my contemporaries three decades ago, and for our predecessors millennia ago.
'Down to the Seas'
The Merchant Marine facilitates globalization, but faces a severe shortage of qualified mariners.
By Shashi N. Kumar