As Melville wrote:
Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth ; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul ; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet ; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off – then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.
But it’s hard to find a ship these days ; and you need a union card ; and who has time for that anyways? But of course, the Internet has the solution.
Have you seen www.marinetraffic.com?
It’s a website that provides real-time tracking of ships all over the world. So you can just sit back in front of your computer and dream of being out on the high seas with the salty spray in your face.