Transmission 9: Bob Sturm  

Photo courtesy of Robert Sturm.

Courtesy of Robert Sturm.

Starting as a junior engineer, it felt like entering as a freshman at college. The complexities of the machinery contributed to that feeling, the culture aboard was another factor. It took about three voyages before I began to feel at home.

I eventually completed forty-four voyages, at which point I had a feeling of proprietary membership in a close fraternity of fifty engineers.

 My wife Ruth and I were married four days after I signed off, December 22, 1959.

— Bob Sturm, Junior Engineer (1957-1959)