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||high interest, readability grades 3 to 5
||Flesch-Kincaid grade level:
||able-seaman, assistant, cargo-loading, citizenship, crewmembers, deep-sea, docking, dredges, flagged, maritime, seaman, upkeep, injury, mates, maintain, oversee
||Great Lakes, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine Academy
Spanish: Marino mercante
By Kathleen W. Redman
1 Would you like to work on a lake, an ocean, or a river? Would you mind working seven days a week? Can you work outside in cold, damp weather? Do you think you would like to help cargo or passengers travel from one place to another? If you would, merchant marine work may be for you.
2 There are many different kinds of work done on ships. Our country depends on merchant mariners. They operate and maintain deep-sea ships, tugboats, towboats, ferries, dredges, and passenger ships. They work on the oceans, the Great Lakes, rivers, canals, and other waterways. They work in harbors, too.
3 A deep-sea ship usually has a captain, three deck officers (mates), a chief engineer and three assistant engineers, a radio operator, and six or more seamen. The size and purpose of the ship determines the crew.
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