I work as a Chief Mate and ships navigator on the oceanographic research ships of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UC San Diego. The voyages and expeditions I have worked brought me from the Yangtze River of China, to the icebergs off Cape Horn South America, Antarctica, and many other points around the world. We generally do physical oceanography in the Pacific Ocean and connected waters. My passion is world travel and I have spent the last 13 years working and independently wondering the world. I have no home and live out of a backpack. I also love to read literature, study history and make trouble where and when I can.

I am also now working as a part time guide for Young Pioneer Tours for trip to the DPRK!


I am always available to offer DPRK travel advice, and if my professional work schedule allows I may be available to custom design and lead your private tour to the DPRK.

For all regular scheduled trips by Young Pioneer Tours a referral by me can get you 5% off! Tell me a little about yourself and let me hook you up with this great deal!

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Joseph Ferris III
November 2010
On a Ship
I am:
Chief Mate Unlimited
American in North Korea