No Chuck, it was 8 months in the old Pawcatuck in the Med. Could have gone on vacation after six months as I recall but, with two extra months, I had the time in to upgrade my license at that point, which I did and promptly hopped a freighter for Leningrad. Then years later on the MPS ships in various parts of the world. That was four months on and two months off-spent all my time seemingly in the air. Just as boring as with MSC but some nicer climates than even the Med.
“Scientists are people who build the Brooklyn Bridge and then buy it.”
Wm. F. Buckley, Jr.