How old are most Merchant Marines when they retire?
About 65 or older.
Ancient. Most have already completed a career in the Navy or Coast Guard.....they sign on at 37-45 years old and retire around 65. The few merchant marine vessels I have been on - the officers are usually from places like the Mass Maritime Academy and are young..... while the crew looks like they are ready for an old folks home. It's a nice mix - the old guys help bring the new officers along really well - and they young officers respect the experience of the old goats.
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