Good morning, Followers -
When I stopped by the Bridge yesterday, one of the 4/C cadets on watch greeted me with a question that I hear often at this time of year, “Captain Campbell, do you remember what your first Sea Term was like?” I began to explain, but was interrupted by a telephone call.
Throughout the day, the cadet's question echoed in my head. I found myself recalling more and more about Sea Term 1984, when I was a 4/C cadet at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. The departure of the TS Empire State was delayed by one day due to snow. It was pretty exciting to be crossing the Atlantic Ocean at eighteen years old. We visited Greece, Spain, and the Canary Islands before returning to the United States. Our final port was Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Yesterday was a busy day. Following Morning Formation at 0700 where rollcall was taken, the onloading of supplies began. In our Plan Of The Day, this was listed as “Commence load-on of ship’s stores”. When you think of stores, Target and Wal-Mart probably come to mind. “Stores” has a different meaning on a ship. The supplies and equipment that are needed for the operation and upkeep of a ship are referred to as “ship’s stores.” Cadets worked as a team to transfer pallets of supplies onto the TS Kennedy. The on-load will resume this morning at 0700.
At 1600 yesterday, a Fire Party Drill was held. If there was a fire at your home or school, you would call your local Fire Department. When the TS Kennedy is at sea, however, we can’t call 9-1-1 if a fire breaks out. A select group of trained cadets and crew members must be able to contain and put out the fire. They are called a Fire Party.
This afternoon at 1600, we will hold our first Fire & Boat Drill. There will, no doubt, be areas that we will need to improve upon. That is why there will be two more drills on Thursday.
Thank you for following our cadets.
Captain Michael J. Campbell
Master, TS Kennedy
The colorful masterpieces below were created by talented fourth grade students at Matunuck Elementary School in Wakefield, Rhode Island. Captain Campbell and the cadets enjoy receiving drawings of the TS Kennedy.