Well, this time I’ll just get lectured by Cmdr. Chris Gasiorek, and he’s pretty even-tempered. He’s the one putting me through a training exercise at the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in Kings Point, New York. The USMMA puts its graduates into key positions on military and commercial vessels all over the world. “Our goal is to teach them to drive ships,” Gasiorek says, “but you can’t drive a ship unless you can drive a Whaler.” That’s why I’m here. Not to simply drive the Bertram, but to be led into a minefield of emergencies, just as the cadets are, during a day of real-world drilling.