My own photo, spliced, with Edward Penfield's illustration, which you can find in the Cabinet of illustrators Collection, Library of Congress .
Being at sea means more to me than can be expressed in one piece. I was in the US Navy for eight years as an Electronics Technician, working in calibration and also information technology. I got to roam all areas of the ship (USS Theodore Roosevelt, USS Wasp) from the bridge, to the bowels of engineering, repairing computers and network connections.
It was not an easy life, in fact most of the time it was quite stressful. But it was an incredibly satisfying one.