Originally Posted by chef2sail
What are the particular liscences Robin Walbridge had?
What are Captain Walbridges past experience,vessels he served on?
What disqualifies him from being a professional captain?
Are there 20,000 professional captains in the world?
What qualifications and professional checks do people who want to join the
social blog gCaptain have to undergo?
Is gCaptain really a professional organization or just another social media internet blog
One is a professional organization of pilots which obvious qualifications ( and they are vetted) to post on...the other is a social media site which anyone can join and post on and can make up their credentials
gCaptain is what? a professional organziation with vetted credentials? or is a soicial media bloig site.
My point is here that when weighing statements, facts, and opinons to take into consideration the source. Thats all.
Captain Robin Walbridge was a professional Captain and had a 1600-ton license. Regarding his experience :
..he secured his 50-ton license while working on the Miller houseboats on the Suwanee River in Florida where he was the field mechanic for five years....He went on to work on the Governor Stone in Apalachicola, Florida as Captain, conducting day sail programs, and crew training programs for the operation of the vessel. It was here he earned his 100-ton license....Robin moved on to HMS Rose in 1993 as First and Second mate and went on to obtain his 500-ton Captain's license. He continued to work with youth sail training programs, developing programs for trainees along the eastern seaboard and Great Lakes. In 1995, he obtained his 1600-ton license.
Enter HMS Bounty in 1995.
Regarding gCaptain forum is not a Captain's forum. They say about it:
With over 20,000 members from around the world, this forum has essentially grown to become the social media platform for the professional maritime industry.
It is an open forum but the ones that are members are the ones that are related with the maritime industry, including professional sailors and captains. You don't need to be a member to access to each member profile and see its maritime qualifications and their professional story. I did.
gCaptain - Maritime & Offshore News