Vulindlela
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Travelling On A Tanker

Tue Aug 15, 2006 7:30 am

Has anybody ever travelled by ship? I don't mean cruise ships. I have been told that you can buy tickets on tankers. Is it true? I have read that, but have no idea how to find information about it. I have tried. Of course it is a strange idea that most people would not want to do, but I have alwys wanted to . I would not want to go on a cruise ship. I have no interest in the kind of places they would go. I would love to take a long trip from somewhere like Rotterdam to maybe Dakar, then San Francisco. It is something I was thinking about for when I am done with work here and have unlimited time to get home. Any information would help. Thanks.
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RE: Travelling On A Tanker

Tue Aug 15, 2006 7:42 am

Check this website out, I think it is the kind of thing you're looking for....
http://www.freighterworld.com/

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RE: Travelling On A Tanker

Tue Aug 15, 2006 7:58 am

There's a company that makes portable housing from containers. Just ship yourself around the world.





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RE: Travelling On A Tanker

Tue Aug 15, 2006 8:03 am

My uncle went back-backing in Chile back in the day and got to hitch a ride on a *small* freighter to either the southern parts of Chile or Argentina. . . can't remember. Cheap, if not free, but definately not a confy ride!

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RE: Travelling On A Tanker

Tue Aug 15, 2006 8:17 am

try sleeping on a bunk bed in a small room in 40 foot seas. Not pleasant, although I am up for it one day.
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RE: Travelling On A Tanker

Tue Aug 15, 2006 8:22 am

Quoting LooneyToon (Reply 4):
try sleeping on a bunk bed in a small room in 40 foot seas. Not pleasant, although I am up for it one day.

Beats sharing your 'bedroom' with 53 of your closest friends. 7 years sea time with the Canadian navy will warp you for a lifetime...  biggrin 

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RE: Travelling On A Tanker

Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:17 pm

Quoting Vulindlela (Thread starter):
I have been told that you can buy tickets on tankers. Is it true? I have read that, but have no idea how to find information about it.

You sure can. I don't know about tankers specifically, but I know one can obtain passage on general-cargo freighters these days. It used to be an extremely inexpensive mode of travel in the 1950s and 1960s -- so much so that even relatively low-income non-union blue collar American one-income families could afford to travel the world on them after retirement.

Regrettably, my research has found that in the 21st century, traveling by freighter is at least as expensive as traveling by cruise ship. While I have no doubt that I would rather travel at sea by freighter than by cruise ship, I would have a hard time justifying the cost of either (not to mention having a hard time coming up with the money!)!

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RE: Travelling On A Tanker

Tue Aug 15, 2006 12:25 pm

Quoting Vulindlela (Thread starter):
I have been told that you can buy tickets on tankers

I wouldn't try smoking on the trip.
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Vulindlela
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RE: Travelling On A Tanker

Thu Aug 17, 2006 4:46 am

Well, thanks everybody. I just checked this thread for the first time. I will check out that site.
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RE: Travelling On A Tanker

Thu Aug 17, 2006 8:15 am

Philadelphia to Antwerp for about $1,000...not bad considering how expensive plane tickets are getting in high season! It would make for an interesting story too...not something I'd like to do every time I cross the Atlantic, but I think it would be neat someday to check it out...maybe I will  Smile
 
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RE: Travelling On A Tanker

Thu Aug 17, 2006 8:58 am

Quoting WrenchBender (Reply 5):
7 years sea time with the Canadian navy will warp you for a lifetime..

Canada has a Navy?  Big grin
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RE: Travelling On A Tanker

Thu Aug 17, 2006 10:26 am

Quoting Vulindlela (Thread starter):
Has anybody ever travelled by ship? I don't mean cruise ships

Ask Skidmarks. He was around when transatlatic travel by ship was all the rage. Infact, I think he was on the titianic.
 
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RE: Travelling On A Tanker

Thu Aug 17, 2006 11:51 pm

Quoting Usnseallt82 (Reply 10):
Canada has a Navy?

Go boil your head, ya squid...... box 

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RE: Travelling On A Tanker

Fri Aug 18, 2006 6:20 am

That is a good site WrenchBender. I may use it when I am able to go. Unfortunately, it doesn't mention any trips that go through Africa. I want to stop somewhere in west Africa, but I would be happy to get a trip just from Europe to the west coast of the U.S.

AsstChiefMark-I lived in something smaller than that with 3 other guys for a year in the army, so I wouldn't get into that thing.
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RE: Travelling On A Tanker

Fri Aug 18, 2006 6:27 am

Quoting Vulindlela (Thread starter):
It is something I was thinking about for when I am done with work here and have unlimited time to get home. Any information would help. Thanks

Join the US Navy, where you'll spend 3 long years on a ship. Your ship may even have aircraft on it. It's such a good deal, that they pay you to travel. How about it?
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RE: Travelling On A Tanker

Fri Aug 18, 2006 6:43 am

Interesting Idea!

I expect a full trip report, if you pull this off!!

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RE: Travelling On A Tanker

Fri Aug 18, 2006 6:58 am

Quoting TheSunseeker (Reply 15):
Interesting Idea!

Indeed it is - 10K EUR for a RTW lasting about 100days. Thats not bad value.

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RE: Travelling On A Tanker

Sat Aug 19, 2006 4:42 am

Well, certainly you can do "Frachterreisen" or, Cargo Ship Voyages. For example, check www.horn-linie.com, a German shipping line offering trips aboard their vessels from Germany to the Caribbean. Otherwise, simply type "Frachtschiffreisen" at google, and you will find a host of companies offering such trips.

I´m currently planning a 10 days trip aboard a feeder vessel in the Caribbean in December or so, however that will be a trip via connections  Wink
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