Today we continue our look at what the seagoing cowboy experience entailed as spelled out in a document titled “Information for Livestock Attendants.”
- If shots and vaccinations can be taken several weeks before sailing, fewer cases of disability would be experienced.
- Seasickness is largely imagination. Fresh air, physical occupation, keeping feed in the stomach will do much to aid in preventing it.
- Eat moderately of simple foods. Keeping crackers and ginger in pockets to munch between meals may help.
- Spend much time in the open air near the middle of the ship. Keep away from the smell of cooking if possible.
- Seasick tablets are helpful for some, but cannot be depended on for everyone.
Supplies to Take Along
- Livestock attendants should take warm washable clothing. Laundry facilities are provided on most ships. Soap is furnished by the ship in most cases.
- Money should be carried in the form of travelers checks. A sufficient amount should be taken to cover transportation to the port city in the U.S. and return plus whatever incidentals are desired by the individual.
- Clothing items like socks, underwear, shirts, etc., can be purchased aboard ship from the ship’s store.
- Reading and recreation items, books, magazines, games, hobby materials.
- Bible, daily devotion books, Testaments, etc.
- Stationary, fountain pen, stamps, diary, maps and guides of countries to be visited and, if you are a photo addict, a camera with plenty of film, binoculars.
- Specific clothing items; a good warm windbreaker to withstand the weather of the North Atlantic, one dress suit (not too good), two coat hangers, pair of sport pants, two sport shirts, jacket, sweater, two flannel work shirts, two pairs of work pants, four tee shirts, six undershirts and shorts, six pairs work socks, two pairs of dress socks, heavy work shoes, boots or overshoes, raincoat, wool cap.
- Handkerchiefs, razor, toothbrush, paste, comb, extra soap, needles, thread and buttons, money belt.
- Towels and soap are furnished by the ship.
- It is best to leave jewelry and watches at home.
Leisure-time Activities Aboard Ship
- The amount of leisure time on the way over varies with the number of cattle, the weather and other factors. Since there are no duties on the return trip, livestock men have plenty of time to themselves. This provides an excellent opportunity for self-improvement. Some suggestions:
- Plenty of good reading material should be taken along.
- Map of the world on which to mark the places visited.
- Model building (ships, airplanes, etc.) has provided excellent recreation for some men.
- Discussion groups, planned to include members of the crew, have proved stimulating and interesting.
- Evening singing sessions help spread good cheer.
- Amateur stunt nights, etc., provide lots of fun.
- Religious services should be carefully planned and held at regular times. (both on way over and return trip)
Some Places To Visit (Mediterranean area)
- One should plan well his tours to interesting places in the towns he visits so as to make the most of time spent there.
- In Trieste: Cathedral, Via Cathedral, the Square of Blaza, hillside residences and gardens, Esplanade, stores and open air markets.
- In Naples: Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Cathedral of Pompeii, Castle of St. Elmo, Governor’s Palace, Cathedral King’s palace with moat and drawbridge, San Carlo Opera House, Torre del Greco and Cameo factories, Sorrento.
- In Rome: Ancient Forum and ruins of the old city; St. Peters and Vatican City, Coliseum, cathedrals, Tiber River, Appian Way, aqueducts, Via 20 September.
- In Salonika: St. George’s and St. Sophia’s churches, old Venetian wall and tower, Turkish baths, market places.
- In Athens: Parthenon and ruins of ancient city.
(“Information for Livestock Attendants” document prepared by seagoing cowboys Russell Helstern and Ed Grater – February 28, 1946)