To go to sea

to adopt the calling or occupation of a sailor.

See also: Sea

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
Why is almost every robust healthy boy with a robust healthy soul in him, at some time or other crazy to go to sea? Why upon your first voyage as a passenger, did you yourself feel such a mystical vibration, when first told that you and your ship were now out of sight of land?
It was during the early winter of 1892 that I resolved to go to sea. My Hancock Fire Brigade experience was very little responsible for this.
What really decided me to go to sea was that I had caught my first vision of the death-road which John Barleycorn maintains for his devotees.
whatever had you done with your natural senses when you made up your mind to go to sea?"
Sometimes I think it was natural perversity; sometimes I think it was false pride at getting over sea-sickness; sometimes I think it was reading 'Robinson Crusoe,' and books warning of me not to go to sea."
To express myself less figuratively, he determined to go to sea.
A little while after this there came in a Dutch ship from Batavia; she was a coaster, not an European trader, of about two hundred tons burden; the men, as they pretended, having been so sickly that the captain had not hands enough to go to sea with, so he lay by at Bengal; and having, it seems, got money enough, or being willing, for other reasons, to go for Europe, he gave public notice he would sell his ship.
He would not have to go to sea again - as a sailor; and for the instant he caught a vision of a steam yacht.
A man was a fool to go to sea when he could write, he concluded, though the money in itself meant nothing to him.
According to police all four youth were motorcycle riders who used to go to sea view for race for two times in a week.
For the past two days, fishermen in the Manjung area have been unable to go to sea due to the disruption of the subsidised diesel supply.
1990: Royal Navy wives marched through Plymouth and Portsmouth to oppose a Ministry of Defence decision to allow Wrens to go to sea.