Jacobs was a sailor and officer in the merchant marine for several years, sailing on cargo ships, ore carriers, and oil tankers on voyages to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, South America, India, the Persian Gulf, Japan and the Far East. Take a look …
On board the SS Cathy bound for India with a full cargo of wheat
In the Persian Gulf with a load of crude oil for western Europe
The oil tanker SS Transbay at the refinery in Texas.
SS Inger in the Panama Canal with a full cargo of raw sugar from Hawaii to Galveston
The Kings Point - in dry dock for hull inspection and repairs
Inspecting the propeller on the SS Kings Point
SS Cathy, entering Panama Canal, eastbound
Locking through the Panama Canal
Men in the hold unloading raw fertilizer into bags in Bhavnagar, India on the SS Our Lady of Peace
The author opening hatches in preparation for loading - on the Cathy
Oil terminal in Port Said, Egypt
Heavy weather, North Pacific
Refueling at Djibouti, French Somaliland
On board SS Cathy, heading home from Japan to New Orleans
Taking a "shipboard shower" on the Ocean Leader, mouth of the Amazon River
Crossing the equator on the SS Marore, taking iron ore to Baltimore (coming from India via the Cape of Good Hope)
SS Cathy - five months at sea - 35 thousand miles - Portland with a full cargo of wheat -- Yokohama --- Vizagapatam and Calcutta, India -- Aden -- Suez Canal -- Lisbon taking on a full cargo of fertilizer -- Suez again -- Djibouti -- unloading at Saigon -- Japan -- Panama Canal -- New Orleans
The John B -- no, not the Sloop John B, but the John B Waterman, flagship of the Waterman Steamship Corporation
In New Orleans, loading cotton bales on the John B, bound for Europe.
Winter, North Atlantic on a good day.
The ore carrier, SS Marore -- leaving Durban, South Africa
Joining the southbound convoy to transit the Suez Canal.