My first trip at sea was "cabin boy" on the Fred Everard I can't remember how much I got paid Des it was not a lot but I felt rich. The "old man" was ex R.N. he gave me a lesson in how to make a bunk, never forgot it. Used to get a bit of overtime then went deck boy. Went straight to sea no vindi a few weeks before xmas. Rude awkakening for me coming from rural sheltered Cornwall,but was to be my making in deciding the the sea was for me.