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Ship Tracker

Welcome to marinetraffic.com, a free app that should allow you to track the location of the TS Kennedy throughout Sea Term 2023.  You may find that the TS Kennedy’s position is not updated for a few hours.   This could happen because the ship is cruising in a busy area and the satellite fails to receive a clear signal.

When you hover the cursor over a symbol, you will see the vessel’s name.  In many cases, you will also see the vessel’s speed, its destination, and when its position was last recorded.  When you click on the symbol, you will discover additional information about the vessel, as well as a photo.

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Welcome, students!  Welcome, teachers!  Climb aboard Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s 540-foot training ship, TS Kennedy!

Thanks to cadet blogs, the Captain’s Log, photographs, videos, special features, and a unique hands-on curriculum, you will virtually travel with Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets.  Each day, you’ll read about and watch the shipboard responsibilities of cadets majoring in Marine Engineering, Marine Transportation, and Facilities Engineering as they tackle challenging topics such as weather forecasting, celestial navigation, ocean currents, rust removal, engine maintenance, sewerage treatment, firefighting, and seawater desalination.

You’ll feel like you’re right beside the cadets as the TS Kennedy conducts anchoring drills off the coast of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and visits four exciting ports of call; Bridgetown, Barbados, Oranjestad, Aruba, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  

This non-stop adventure begins on Tuesday, January 3rd when cadets return to campus and continues until the TS Kennedy returns to Taylors Point on Sunday, February 19th.  There will be posts each day - even on weekends.  Don’t miss a single one!

Teachers, we want to hear from you!  We welcome a list of student questions for Captain Campbell and the cadets.  Please share photos of your class completing activities related to what our cadets are doing aboard the TS Kennedy. We also welcome outstanding student work samples.  Please reach out to the Follow The Voyage-Share The Experience Program at ftvsubmissions@maritime.edu

 

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Safety First: SART (Search And Rescue Transponder)

When abandoning ship, there is no time to gather up electronics, jewelry, souvenirs, or other personal belongings.  However, there is something that should be grabbed before abandoning the ship – the Search And Rescue Transponder, known as SART.  A SART is a bright orange, waterproof, self-contained transponder used duri

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The TS Kennedy Returns To Buzzards Bay: Sunday, February 19, 2023

Onn Sunday, February 19th, the TS Kennedy returned to her Taylors Point dock, on the campus of Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  Parents, grandparents, siblings, girlfriends, boyfriends, aunts, uncles, neighbors, and friends arrived on campus, many carrying colorful homemade signs.  When the training ship rounded the final bend in the Cape Cod Canal and became visible to the crowds gathered on the shore, a deafening cry went up and didn't let up.  

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Breathtaking Drone Video Of The TS Kennedy's Transit Of The Cape Cod Canal - Sunday, February 19, 2023

Check out this drone video of the TS Kennedy transiting the Cape Cod Canal and docking at Massachusetts Maritime Academy!  You'll feel like you are right there with the cadets.  

Photo credits to Ryan Smith.  Each year, he shares his talent with the Academy.

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FTV Gallery: Pakachoag Elementary School Students Thank Little Buc With Drawings & Cards

Little Buc was so excited to receive cards and drawings from students at Pakachoag Elementary School in Auburn, Massachusetts, a town in Worcester County.  The town is home to the Goddard Rocket Launching Site National Historic Landmark, which marks the site of the world's first liquid-fueled rocket.

Take a look at these masterpieces!


 

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Bon Appetit: Everything Food - At Sea & In Port (2-18-23) Thank You Chartwells Team

A huge thank you to Dining Director Bob Cobb and the entire Chartwells team for your hard work and dedication during Sea Term 2023

Not only did the talented Chartwells chefs keep the cadets and crew members aboard TS Kennedy well-fed during Sea Term 2023, the food was always served up with a smile. 

Here are just a few of the special people that made Sea Term so special.

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Sea Term Flashbacks: Return Day (1940s, 1950s, 1960s, & 1970s)

Excitement is in the air when the Academy's training ship returns from her time at sea.  Parents, grandparents, and friends turn out to welcome their cadets back home.

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Cadet Blog: 3/C Jacob Thorpe (MTRA - Woodland Park, CO) 1-17-23

Hello, everyone -
Once again, it hasn’t been too long since we’ve talked.  So a few things have happened, but not much.  Mainly today we just had our finals exam. So yes, even though we’re out at sea just like everyone else we still have test and
assignments.

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FTV Project Gallery: Nantucket Students Welcome Home Our Cadets & Honor Little Buc

Check out this video sent to us by Kim Albertson, Vice Principal of Nantucket Elementary School.  Kim is the proud mom of 1/C Training Rate Paige Albertson.  Paige will graduate in June with a degree in Marine Engineering.  


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FTV Gallery: More Original Lifeboats From Wareham Elementary School

Wareham Elementary School students at all grade levels have embraced the FTV-STX's Lifeboat Challenge.

Students in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade designed, improved, and tested their own lifeboats.  Cadets and crew members who observed their designs were very impressed.  They felt like the first one most resembled the enclosed lifeboats on the TS Kennedy.

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FTV Project Gallery: Two Projects From Gardner Elementary School

We have been thrilled to have students at Gardner Elementary School participating in the Follow The Voyage-Share The Experience Program.  Gardner is a city in Worcester County, Massachusetts.  

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Cadet Blog: 3/C Salvador Relle (MTRA - Belle Chasse, LA) 2-17-23

What’s up, Followers? So today was my very last day of utility and I had to stand laundry /gym watch to make sure everything is good and nothing is broken and no one is getting hurt. I am currently studying for my final exam which is on Friday, which is tomorrow. I feel confident and ready to take the exam.

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 3/C Nick Vanti (MENG - East Longmeadow, MA)

Meet 3/C Nick Vanti, a Marine Engineering major from East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.  He attended Meadowbrook Elementary School, Birchland Park Middle School, and Wilbraham Monson Academy.

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Bon Appetit: Everything Food - At Sea & In Port (2-17-23) Thank You Chartwells Team (Part 1)

As Sea Term draws to a close, we would like to thank Dining Director Bob Cobb and the entire Chartwells team for keeping everyone aboard the TS Kennedy well fed.  

We caught up with a few team members during a break.  They were kind enough to answer a few questions.

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Little Buc's Adventures: Saying Goodbye Isn't Easy

Ahoy, Followers -

Saying goodbye is never easy. 

It's difficult for me to leave cadets and crew members that I have grown close to. 

It's even harder to bid farewell to a ship that you I may not see again.

I spent yesterday walking  out on the deck, from the bow to the stern.  I climbed from the Tank Top Deck to the Bridge Deck several times.  I just couldn't get enough of the TS Kennedy

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Captain's Log: February 17, 2023 FINAL LOG

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Below Deck: Chief Engineer Tim DeMoranville Explains The TS Kennedy's Speed Test

In the words of the TS Kennedy’s Chief Engineer Tim DeMoranville,

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Cadet Blog: 3/C Jacob Thorpe (MTRA - Woodland Park, CO) 2-16-23

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Captain's Log: February 16, 2023

Good morning, Followers -

Yes, there is a chill in the air!  After becoming accustomed to the tropical heat of the Caribbean, even temperatures in the 50s are difficult to adjust to.  Cadets are wearing shirts or sweatshirts under their boiler suits. 

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 3/C Brad Nelson (MENG - Westwood, MA)

Meet 3/C Brad Nelson, a Marine Engineering major that calls Westwood, Massachusetts home. 

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Little Buc's Adventures: Discover The Cape Cod Canal

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Your Questions Answered: Where Is Trash Stored? When Do You Dispose Of Trash?

We've received several emails asking us:

Where is trash stored on the ship?

Do you bring all of the Sea Term trash back to Taylors Point?

Do you burn trash while at sea?

Do you burn trash in the Engine Room?

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Below Deck: Meet The Engineering Officers

“Being a role model is the most powerful form of education.”

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Cadet Blog: 3/C Salvador Relle (MTRA - Belle Chasse, LA) 2-15-23

What’s up y’all so I just got of my master at arms watch which I sit in the hallway and make sure everyone is doing what they are supposed to be doing. Today was also our last chicken patty Tuesday so that was kinda sad.

We are on our way to Buzzards Bay, we should arrive on Sunday.

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Cadet Blog: 3/C James Cirillo (MTRA - Monroe, NY) 2-15-23

Hello again, for my final blog while underway aboard the Kennedy! With only a couple days left we are steaming along at one of the fastest speeds we’ve been at all of sea term. For the next eight hours we are conducting yearly speed trials, currently making way through the water at about 17 knots.

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FTV Project Gallery: Nantucket Preschoolers Make Sailors Valentines

On Valentine’s Day, members of the Nantucket Historical Association visited preschoolers at Nantucket Elementary School

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Little Buc's Adventures: "I Found A Barograph!" (No, Not A Bar Graph)

Ahoy, Followers –

I am always looking for mathematics aboard the TS Kennedy.  Yesterday, I struck it rich!  My discovery incorporated both mathematics and science.

Cadets introduced me to a barograph.

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 3/C Ryan Sears (MENG - Plymouth, MA)

Meet 3/C Ryan Sears, a Marine Engineering major from Plymouth, Massachusetts

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Safety First: Electric Shock

During a safety lecture for cadets at the start of Sea Term 2023, time was spent discussing electric shock.  It is important that cadets be aware of what electric shock is, recognize the symptoms of electric shock, and know how to rescue the victim. 

Electric shock takes place when electric current flows through the body.  It can range from simply a mild tingling sensation to death. 

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Captain's Log: February 15, 2023

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Safety First: Visit The Ship Oil Pollution Emergency Plan Locker With MSSEP Cadets

Last week, cadets majoring in Marine Safety, Science, & Environmental Protection (MSSEP) visited one of the most important places aboard the TS Kennedy.

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FTV Project Gallery: Wareham Elementary School Students Tackle The Lifeboat Challenge

We are thrilled to have students at Wareham Elementary School participating in the Follow The Voyage-Share The Experience Program.  The town of Wareham borders Buzzards Bay1/C Hunter Bulis is a Marine Transportation major who calls Wareham home.  We look forward to welcoming these students as Massachusetts Maritime Academy cade

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On Deck: Tie A Lovers' Knot On Valentines Day

There are signs of Valentine’s Day aboard the TS Kennedy, you just need to know where to look!  On their final Sea Term exam, 4/C cadets could be tested on any one of twelve knots. 

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On Deck: Mathematics On The Bridge (Grades 3 Or Above)

Mathematics is everywhere aboard the TS Kennedy.  Yesterday, we spotted a chart on the Bridge that we had not noticed before. 

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 3/C Brett Stoll (MTRA - Sparrows Point, MD)

Meet 3/C Brett Stoll, a Marine Transportation major from Sparrows Point, Maryland.   

Brad attended Edgemere Elementary School, Sparrows Point Middle School, and Loyola Blakefield High School

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Little Buc's Adventures: Check Out These Beautiful Sailor's Valentines

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Bon Appetit: Everything Food - At Sea & In Port (2-14-23) A Valentine's Day Sprinkles Cake...And A Little Mathematics

Sprinkles hiding inside this cake will brighten up Valentine's Day for cadets and crew members aboard the TS Kennedy.

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Captain's Log: February 14, 2023

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Safety First: Thinking Of The TS Kennedy's AEDs On Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Of course, Valentine’s Day has us thinking about hearts...and hearts have us thinking about the AEDs aboard the TS Kennedy.

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Ports Of Call: Cadets Majoring In International Maritime Business Tour A Cruise Ship In Port Everglades

Cadets majoring in International Maritime Business have spent Sea Term 2023 gaining an understanding of how a ship at sea works - from the Bridge to the Engine Room, and everywhere in between.  They have met with the Medical TeamFood Services, and a variety of crew members.  They've taken classes and gotten their hands dirty doing maintenance tasks.  Their professor, Captain Pandey, feels strongly that people working in global trade should have a firm

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Ports Of Call: Cadets Majoring In MSSEP Tour Two Mega-Cruise Ships While in Florida

Cadets majoring in Marine Safety, Science, and Environmental Protection went on two unique field trips while in Florida.  They toured  Royal Caribbean International's Harmony Of The Sea, one of the largest cruise ships in the world. At

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Number Of The Day: 4

As the TS Kennedy travels north to Buzzards Bay, Captain Campbell will have the option of getting a push from the Gulf Stream, a strong ocean current that extends all the way up the eastern coast of the United States and Canada.

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Cadet Blog: 4/C Jack Schrier (IMB - Rockville, MD) 2-13-23

Sometimes there are technological challenges at sea.  I am excited to have just received Jack’s blog from Wednesday, 2-8.

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Little Buc's Buccaneer Book Club: Pete The Cat And The Treasure Map By James Dean

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Ports Of Call: Photos Of Florida (Friday, 2-10 - Monday, 2-13)

Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets on liberty squeezed out all the Sunshine State had to offer.  Whether on land or out on the water, they savored every second of their final port of Sea Term 2023

Many cadets were fortunate to meet up with friends and family members, making their time in Florida extra special.

Enjoy this collection of photos from this memorable weekend.

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 3/C Nicholas Dreyer (MTRA - Falmouth, MA)

Meet 3/C Nicholas Dreyer, a Marine Transportation major from Falmouth, Massachusetts.  Nicholas attended Mullen-Hall Elementary School, Morse Pond School for 5th and 6th grade, Lawrence School for 7th and 8th grade, and Falmouth High School.

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Captain's Log: February 13, 2023

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Safety First: Extension Cords

You’ve probably seen extension cords in use at home and at school.  Aboard the TS Kennedy, extension cords are often needed to complete a task that requires electricity.  In their Electrical Training Manual1/C cadets are reminded how to safely use an extension cord while working on the ship.

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On Deck: Cadets Enjoy A Super Bowl Celebration In The Mess Deck

The TS Kennedy's Mess Deck was rocking on Sunday evening as cadets gathered to watch Super Bowl LVII.  Some cadets brought their beach chairs and claimed premium seats in front of the big screen television.  Others discovered that sitting on table tops guaranteed a perfect view of the big game.  Chartwells provided tailgating treats to add to the party atmosphere.  During Rihanna's halftime show, many cadets recalled visiting Rihanna Drive while on liberty in

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Bon Appetit: Everything Food - At Sea & In Port (2-12-23) Chartwells Serves Up Tailgating Treats

It wouldn't be a Super Bowl Party without an assortment of tasty tailgating treats! 

Chartwells came through with some favorites, adding to the festive atmosphere.  

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Sea Term Flashbacks: Cruise Highlights (1960s)

When Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets call home and speak with friends and family members back home, they’re always asked, “What has been one of the highlights of Sea Term?”.

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Birthdays At Sea: February 12th - 18th

Several cadets and crew members are wrapping up Sea Term 2023 by celebrating a birthday aboard the TS Kennedy, including these five cadets.  

Thanks to their families for sharing these great birthday flashback photos.  


February 12th:

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Sea Term Flashbacks: Operation Sail (1976)

Step into our time machine!  Travel way, way back in time to 1976 when the United States was celebrating its 200th birthday.  Tall ships from around the world traveled to New York City, Newport, Rhode Island, Boston, Massachusetts, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s training ship, Bay State III, played an important role in Operation Sail.

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Ports Of Call: Prospective Students Tour The TS Kennedy

A Sea Term tradition took place in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.  Each year at the training ship's Florida port, Massachusetts Maritime Academy invites middle school and high school students to speak with cadets, faculty, members of the Admissions team, and representatives of the Parents Association.  The Open House introduces these prospective students and their parents to all seven of the Academy's majors.  Of course, a high

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 3/C Liam Dow (FENG - Lakeville, MA)

Meet 3/C Liam Dow, a Facilities Engineering major from Lakeville Massachusetts.  He attended Assawompset Elementary School.  In the Wampanoag language, Assawompset means “place of the white stones.”  The Wampanoag are a Native American people based in southeastern Massachusetts and parts of eastern Rhode Island

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Cadet Blog: 3/C Nicole Awalt (IMB - Harwich, MA) 2-2-23

Last night, my friend Remy and I, both International Maritime Business students, went to observe the 2000-2400 (8:00 PM -Midnight) Bridge Watch. While on Sea Term, you have to show up 45 minutes early to watch as a cadet. So we were there at 1915 (7:15 pm).

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Sea Term Flashbacks: Humanitarian Missions (1962 & 1973)

Massachusetts Maritime Academy training ships have a long history of participating in humanitarian missions.

Step into our time machine!  Travel way, way back in time to find out how cadets made a difference during Sea Term 1962 and Sea Term 1973.

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Sea Term Flashbacks: Food (1950s, 1960s, & 1970s)

During Sea Term 2023, cadets and crew members have enjoyed the wide variety of delicious, healthy food provided by Chartwells.  Dining Director Bob Cobb strives to keep everyone happy, satisfied, and coming back for more.

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Ports Of Call: 3/C Andrew Leshaw Introduces Us To Key Biscayne, Florida

Not only do week have island schools participating in the Follow The Voyage-Share The Experience Program, we also have many cadets aboard the TS Kennedy who call islands home. 

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 3/C Joseph (Joe) Buccigross (MENG - Sheldon, CT)

Meet 3/C Joseph (Joe) Buccigross, a Marine Engineering major from Shelton, Connecticut.  In both 2007 and 2013, a tree grown in Shelton was selected for the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. 

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Little Buc's Adventures: The TS Kennedy Is In Fort Lauderdale

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Ports Of Call: Video Shows Pilot Boarding The TS Kennedy In Port Everglades

Wait until you see this video of the harbor pilot boarding the TS Kennedy this morning.  

You won't see another video quite like this!  It includes a surprise.

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Captain's Log: February 10, 2023

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Cadet Blog: 3/C Jacob Thorpe (MTRA - Woodland Park, CO) 2-10-23

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Below Deck: Meet The Engine Watch Team & Take A Look Around

Meet the engine watch team!  These cadet work below deck to keep the TS Kennedy steaming through the ocean, both day and night!  Their knowledge and dedication have helped our training ship travel from Buzzards Bay, to

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C James Cirillo (MTRA - Monroe, New York)

Meet 3/C James Cirillo, a Marine Transportation major who calls Monroe, New York home. Monroe, just an hour north of New York City, was named after President James Monroe. It is the birthplace of Velveeta cheese.

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On Deck: Toasting The First Master Of Our Training Ship, Captain Thomas L. Bushy

Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s current training ship has had just two captains.  That’s it – just two!  Throughout Sea Term 2023, you have gotten to know Captain Michael J.

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Krista Jordan (MTRA - Orlando, FL)

Meet 4/C Krista Jordan, a Marine Transportation major who has called Orlando, Florida home since September 1st.   She was raised in Northampton, Massachusetts, an academic, artistic, and musical hub.  She attended R. K. Finn Ryan Road Elementary School, John F.

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Little Buc's Buccaneer Book Club: There Was An Old Pirate Who Swallowed A Map by Lucille Colandro

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Captain's Log: February 9, 2023

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Below Deck: Let's Take A Look At The TS Kennedy's Propeller

Take a look at this video clip!  Last week, Little Buc shared a video clip of the TS Kennedy’s rudder moving back and forth.  This week, a cadet captured a video of the propeller rotating under the ocean. 

Look closely!

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On Deck: A Cadet Works On The Gangway Over The Ocean

You’ve seen cadets in the ocean while in port, you’ve seen them on the ocean while aboard the TS Kennedy, but here’s a first.  This cadet is over the ocean as he works on the rigging of the gangway. 

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Little Buc's Adventures: Decoding Abbreviations On A Nautical Chart

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Patrick Rumberger (MENG - Middletown, CT)

Meet 4/C Patrick Rumberger, a Marine Engineering major from Middletown, Connecticut, a city 16 miles south of Hartford

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Captain's Log: February 8, 2023

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Myth Busters: Is It Safe To Bring Bananas On A Ship?

Do you like to eat bananas?  Over four hundred pounds of bananas were loaded onto the TS Kennedy for Sea Term 2023.   It probably doesn’t seem too unusual to bring along bananas for the cadets and crew.  After all, it is a long voyage - and bananas make great snacks at any time of the day.  Not only do they taste

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Safety First: Damage Control Locker

There are five Damage Control Lockers aboard the TS Kennedy

These lockers, which contain the equipment used by emergency squads in the event of an emergency, are sometime called Fireman’s Outfit Lockers or Emergency Squad Lockers

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Safety First: Cadets Model Firefighting Equipment For Student Followers

Yesterday, we introduced you to the Damage Control Lockers aboard the TS Kennedy

Today, we'll show you some of the firefighting clothing and equipment stored in the Damage Control Locker, modeled by Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets.

Each week, the Fire Party puts on this equipment and practices responding to a fire.  They are well-prepared should an actual emergency occur.

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Cadet Blog: 3/C James Cirillo (MTRA - Monroe, NY) 2-7-23

Hello once again from the TS Kennedy. We’re back underway to our final port of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It was nice to be south but it’s time to start making our way back up north.

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Your Questions Answered: Can You Tell Us More About Being A Harbor Pilot?

Since we first shared photos of the harbor pilot assisting the TS Kennedy in Barbados, we have been flooded with emails from our student followers seeking more information about the role of a harbor pilot.

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Cadet Blog: 3/C McArthur Dannelly (MENG - Annapolis, MD) 2-7 - 23

Sorry for no blog last Thursday, life onboard got in the way with practical tests I had to take along with helping other cadets feel better. Portions of this blog were meant to be sent out last Thursday.


Welcome back, Followers Of The Voyage –

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Captain's Log: February 7, 2023

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet Xavier Sequeira (MENG - Buzzards Bay, MA)

Meet 4/C Xavier Sequeira, a Marine Engineering, from Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts.  That’s right!  Massachusetts Maritime Academy is located in Xavier’s hometown. 

Xavier attended Bournedale Elementary School, Bourne Middle School, and Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School

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Safety First: Eye Safety

Eye safety is a top priority aboard the TS Kennedy

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Below Deck: Hands-On Learning In The Engine Lab

Do you like to work with your hands? 
Do you welcome the opportunity to put things together and take them apart? 
Do you enjoy learning both independently and in small groups?
Does the challenge of diagnosing problems and working out solutions excite you?  

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Myth Busters: Does A Black Cat Bring Good Luck To A Ship?

Cadets were asked to pack a variety of items for Sea Term 2023.  The list provided to the cadets included sunscreen, insect repellent, soap, shampoo, and foot powder.  One item not on the list?  A black cat! 

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Your Questions Answered: 4/C Krista Jordan, How Did You Choose Massachusetts Maritime Academy?

Our student followers have enjoyed the video clip of 4/C Krista Jordan explaining what it is like to be assigned scullery duty.  A few of our student followers located Florence, Massachusetts on a map, and discovered that the small village was pretty far from the ocean.  I received two emails asking how a high school student from western Massachusetts decided to pursue a degree in Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  

Click on the video clip to hear what Krista had to say:

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Number Of The Day: 525

The new Patriot State II will measure 525 feet in length.  It will have an 89-foot beam.

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Little Buc's Adventures: Rainbows Spotted

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Cadet Blog: 3/C Salvador Relle (MTRA - Belle Chasse, LA) 2-6-23

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Cadet Blog: 4/C Mary Boujoukos (MENG - Bridgewater, MA) 2-6-23

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Cadet Blog: 3/C Jacob Thorpe (MTRA - Woodland Park, CO) 2-6-23

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Safety First: This Is Not An Emergency

There are so many places to learn aboard the TS Kennedy; in the Engine Room, on the Bridge, on deck, in the classrooms, in the Navigation Lab, in the Engine Lab...and in Sick Bay.    The TS Kennedy's medical team and the ship's Safety Rates were busy administering an ultrasound last week. 

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Questions Of The Week: Monday, February 6, 2023

Week Of Monday, February 6, 2023:
Students with free time are invited to choose one or more extension activities that sparks their interest.  Questions Of The Week have no expiration date.  They may be completed any time during Sea Term 2023.  Each week, we will offer additional ideas related to what is happening aboard the TS Kennedy and where the ship will be heading. 

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Captain's Log: February 6, 2023

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Little Buc's Buccaneer Book Club: How I Became A Pirate by Melinda Long & David Shannon

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Little Buc's Adventures: Can You Solve My Turtle Mystery?

Ahoy, Followers -

I received a video clip from 1/C Training Rate Paige Albertson.  Paige is a Marine Engineering major from Nantucket, Massachusetts.  While in St. Thomas, she went snorkeling and got up close and personal with a turtle. 

Check out Paige's video clip!

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 3/C Chett Jacobsen (MENG - Maynard, MA)

Meet 3/C Chett Jacobsen, a Marine Engineering major from Maynard, Massachusetts, a town located twenty-two miles west of Boston.

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Clayton Tipton (MTRA - Safety Harbor, FL)

Meet 4/C Clayton Tipton, a Marine Transportation major who calls Safety Harbor, Florida, a city on the west shore of Tampa Bay, home. 

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Ports Of Call: Photos Of St. Thomas

What a wonderful weekend!  The people of St. Thomas rolled out the red carpet and made everyone aboard the TS Kennedy feel welcome. 

Cadets and crew members explored every inch of the island's 32 square miles.  Many cadets also explored the nearby island of St. John.   

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On Deck: Photos Of Testing Pyrotechnics On Deck

Last Thursday, Captain Campbell gave us a preview of the pyrotechnics demonstration that was planned for later that day.  Cadets and crew members gathered on the Helo Deck in the late afternoon for this safety demonstration.  Although the colors and sounds may have reminded cadets of the 4th of July, the mood was serious. 

Under the supervision of a trained crew members, volunteers were invited to don protective gear and shoot off a hand flare or a rocket parachute flare.

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Myth Busters: Is It Bad Luck To Whistle On A Ship?

Do you like to hum, sing, or whistle while you are doing a chore?   It seems to make a tedious job pass more quickly, doesn’t it?  Snow White first sang about it in 1937 in the animated film Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs.  

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Number of The Day: 966

The TS Kennedy is bound for Fort Lauderdale, Florida!

The distance from Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas USVI to Fort Lauderdale, Florida is approximately 966 nautical miles.

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Cadet Spotlight: Summer Adventure Aboard The R/V Neil Armstrong - 1/V Ella Strano

Meet 1/C Ella Strano, a Marine Transportation major who calls Sandwich, Massachusetts home.  Ella is one of eight Training Rates for Sea Term 2023.

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On Deck: Create An Eye Slice With 4/C Bailey Macvaughn (MTRA - Hampstead, NC)

4/C Bailey Macvaughn, a Marine Transportation major from Hampstead, North Carolina, knows that creating an eye splice is a skill that must be practiced and perf

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Your Questions Answered: Cadets, What Are You Missing Back Home?

Cadets aboard the TS Kennedy have been away from home for five weeks.  Our student followers are interested in knowing what they are missing the most.  Here is what six cadets had to say.

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Ports Of Call: Two Cadets Explain Why They're Excited To Be In St. Thomas This Weekend

Two cadets identified St. Thomas as the port that they would most like to visit during Sea Term 2023

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Port Of Call: Massachusetts Cadets Spot A Familiar Superyacht

As the TS Kennedy docked yesterday in Charlotte Amalie, St.

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Aidan McDonagh (MENG - Braintree, MA)

Meet Aidan McDonagh, a Marine Engineering major from Braintree, Massachusetts.  He attended Highlands Elementary School and South Middle School in Braintree.  He graduated from Norfolk County Agricultural High School in Walpole

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Number Of The Day: $250,000,000

Every March 31st, the U.S.

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Sea Term Flashbacks: An Unusual Shopping Trip (1959)

It’s not unusual for cadets to do a little shopping while on liberty.  This week in St. Thomas, many cadets will purchase souvenirs for themselves as well as gifts to bring home to family and friends. 

On Sea Term 1959, however, cadets aboard the TS Bay State were required to take part in a very unusual “shopping trip”.  Fortunately, in this cade, there was no need to for cadets to spend their own money.

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Little Buc's Adventures: The First Photos From St. Thomas

Ahoy, Followers -

What's better than seeing photos of St. Thomas that were taken from The TS Kennedy?

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Christopher Sullivan (MENG - Scituate, MA)

Meet 4/C Christopher Sullivan, a Marine Engineering major from Scituate, Massachusetts. The town's name is derived from satuit, the Wampanoag term for cold brook. This recognizes a brook that runs to the town's inner harbor.   

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Cadets Say Thank You To Schools Participating In The Follow The Voyage-Share The Experience Program (Part 2)

Over the past five weeks, cadets aboard The TS Kennedy have stood taller and worked harder, knowing that 22,074 students are participating in the Follow The Voyage-Share The Experience Program.  Cadets get very excited when teachers share student quest

ions, drawings, and work samples.  

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Captain's Log: February 3, 2023

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Below Deck: 1/C Training Rate Introduces Us To A Sight Glass In The Engine Lab

During Sea Term 2023, every 2/C cadet majoring in Marine Engineering will complete seven different labs:

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Cadet Blog: 4/C Mary Boujoukos (MENG - Bridgewater, MA) 2-1-23

This week has been so draining for me.  I’ve switched over to the engine side and have been on maintenance. Deck maintenance is a lot of painting and small jobs, but a lot of engine side maintenance is in the engine room.

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Cadet Blog: 3/C Jacob Thorpe (MTRA - Woodland Park, CO) 2-1-23

Hello, Everyone -

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Little Buc's Adventures: A COW And A CROW On The Bridge

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Thomas J. Evans (MTRA - Danvers, MA)

Meet 4/C Thomas J.

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Cadets Say Thank You To Schools Participating In The Follow The Voyage-Share The Experience Program (Part 1)

Over the past five weeks, cadets aboard The TS Kennedy have stood taller and worked harder, knowing that 22,074 students are participating in the Follow The Voyage-Share The Experience Program.  Cadets get very excited when teachers share student questions, drawings, and work samples.  

To say thank you, the cadets wanted to share these signs.

(Be sure to watch for Part 2 tomorrow.)

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Number Of The Day: 1,555

Crown Mountain is the highest point on the island of St. Thomas and in the US Virgin Islands.  The height of Crown Mountain is 1,555 feet.

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Number Of The Day: 1,555

 Crown Mountain is the highest point on the island of St. Thomas and in the US Virgin Islands.  The height of Crown Mountain is 1,555 feet.

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Captain's Log: February 2, 2023

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Number Of The Day: 11

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Cadet Spotlight: MTRA Cadets Talk About Their Course, Ship Construction

Seeing the carboard ships created by 8th grade students at Cyrus Pierce Middle School on the island of Nantucket inspired us to learn more about the course, Ship Construction.  All 3/C cadets majoring in Maritime Transportation take back on the campus of Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  

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Below Deck: The Oily Water Separator Helps Keep The Ocean Clean

Don’t underestimate the importance of this small control system!  It has the power to keep our oceans clean and marine creatures safe. 

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FTV Project Gallery: Students Decorate Paper Hardhats (Bridgewater-Raynham High School - Bridgewater, MA)

Students in the Life Skills class at Bridgewater-Raynham High School enjoyed our post about how 4/C Alex Fledderjohn is decorating hardhats in his free time.  

Using crayons, the students decorated paper hardhats.  Here is a photo of their colorful work.  


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Below Deck: Seawater Helps To Keep Cadets Cool - And They Don't Even Need To Get Wet

Cadets aboard the TS Kennedy aren’t concerned about the humidity out on deck or the intense heat of the Engine Room.  They know that the moment that they step into their holds, the Mess Deck, or other interior areas of the ship, they’ll feel cool and comfortable.  That’s because the SMARDT Chiller is hard at work below deck.

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Cadet Blog: 3/C James Cirillo (MTRA - Monroe, NY) 2-1-23

Hello again from the TS Kennedy. After a fun weekend on the beautiful island of Aruba, we are steaming ahead bound for Saint Thomas. We’re about halfway through Sea Term and it feels like we just left Buzzards Bay a couple of days ago.

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Bon Appetit: Everything Food - At Sea & In Port (2-1--23) Scullery Duty

Do you help out at home by loading plates and glasses into the dishwasher or scrubbing messy pans in the sink?  Do you lend a hand by wiping down your kitchen table or sweeping the floor?  At any given hour aboard the TS Kennedy, fifteen cadets assigned to Scullery are doing just that – and more.   

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Captain's Log: February 1, 2023

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Little Buc's Adventures: My FAVORITE Video Clip EVER - Educational & Entertaining

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Number Of The Day: $300,000,000

The United States Congress approved of $300 million to replace the TS Kennedy with a new training ship.  Her name will be Patriot State

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Jack Schrier (MTRA - Rockville, MD)

Meet, 4/C Jack Schrier, a Marine Transportation major who calls Rockville, Maryland home. 

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FTV Project Gallery: Eighth Grade Shipbuilders On The Island Of Nantucket

During their third semester at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, cadets majoring in Marine Transportation take the 3-credit course, Ship Construction

In their Oceanography course, eighth grade students at Cyrus Pierce Middle School on the island of Nantucket took on the challenge of becoming ship builders and boat builders, applying many of the skills that 3/C cadets learn at the Academy.  

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FTV Project Gallery: PreK Students Create Colorful Compass Roses (Mashpee, MA)

Cadets and crew members on the Bridge of the TS Kennedy are wishing that the Compass Rose images found on nautical charts were as colorful as those created by the PreK students at the Kenneth C. Combs School in Mashpee, Massachusetts

On a modern nautical chart, the compass rose is represented by two circles, one inside the other.  

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Little Buc's Adventures: The Ship's Rudder is Hard At Work - And I Have The Video Clip To Prove It

Ahoy, Followers –

Yesterday, I had the thrill of a lifetime.  While the TS Kennedy was underway, a cadets strapped me into a safety harness and held me over the side of the ship, near the stern.  Looking through the sapphire water, I was able to see the TS Kennedy’s orange rudder at work.

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Captain's Log: January 31, 2023

Good morning, Followers -

I have received quite a few emails from students asking me why it is so dark on the Bridge at night.  One student even asked, “Why don’t you turn on the lights like I do at home?” 
 

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Phinneas Thompson (MTRA - New Orleans, LA)

Meet 4/C Phineas Thompson, a Marine Transportation major from New Orleans, Louisiana, a melting pot of French, African, and American cultures.

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Number Of The Day: 29

The keel block for Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s next training ship, Patriot State, was laid on September 29, 2022 at the Philly Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Number Of The Day: 3,132

Do you love cereal?  Our cadets sure do! Many start begin their day with a big bowl of cold cereal with cold milk.  Since cadets keep crazy schedules, there seems to be several eating cereal in the Mess Deck at all hours of the day.   

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Number Of The Day: 3,132

Do you love cereal?  Our cadets sure do! Many start begin their day with a big bowl of cold cereal with cold milk.  Since cadets keep crazy schedules, there seems to be several eating cereal in the Mess Deck at all hours of the day.   

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Dean Petrie (MTRA - Maywood, New Jersey)

Meet 4/C: Dean Petrie, a Marine Transportation from Maywood, New Jersey, a suburb of New York City.

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Cadet Blog: 3/C Salvador Relle (MTRA - Belle Chasse, LA) 1-30-23

Hey, Followers -

So today we had training.  We learned about celestial navigation which is navigating by the stars! We got to work with a sextant and learn how to use it.  We also used math to help us find the latitude and longitude of the sun after getting a certain degree off of the sextant and applying it to our calculations.

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Cadet Blog: 3/C McArthur Dannelly (MENG - Annapolis, MD) 1-130-23

Welcome back, Followers -

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Cadet Blog: 4/C Remy Chiep (IMB - Lynn, MA) 1-30-23

Hello, everyone! Welcome again to my Sea Term journey. 

Barbados:

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Little Buc's Buccaneer Book Club: Pirates Love Underpants by Corine Dema and Artemis Roehrig

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Ports Of Call: Photos Of Aruba (Friday, 1-27 - Monday, 1-30)

Cadets and crew members had a wonderful weekend in Aruba! 

They embraced the dry climate, soaking up the Caribbean sunshine as they explored all 69.5 square miles of the island.  Cadets on Aruba's southeastern side even caught a glimpse of Venezuela.

Click on the arrow to begin  the Aruban song, For Once & For All.  Let it set the mood as you scroll through the photos.

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Cadet Spotlight: My Commercial Shipping Experience - 1/C Jake Broderick

1/C Jake Broderick from Bridgewater, Massachusetts had a very unique commercial shipping experience. 

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 3/C Joey Kondisko (MTRA - Ligonier, PA)

Meet 3/C Joey Kondisko, a Marine Transportation major who calls Ligonier, Pennsylvania home. 

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Teeson Snow (MENG - Cypress, TX)

Meet 4/C Teeson Snow, a Marine Engineering major from Cypress, Texas, a bustling Houston-area suburb.  He attended Keith Elementary School, S

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Captain's Log: January 30, 2023

Good morning, Followers –

Everyone aboard the TS Kennedy enjoyed their weekend in Aruba.  Cadets returned to the ship full of stories of their island adventures.

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On Deck: Meet 1/C Division Leader Liam Ferretti (MTRA - Raynham, MA)

Meet 1/C Liam Ferretti, a Marine Transportation major from Raynham, Massachusetts.  Liam is one of four Division Leaders for Sea Term 2023

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Number Of The Day: 537

The TS Kennedy is bound for Charlotte Amalie!

The distance from Oranjestad, Aruba to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas USVI is 537 nautical miles.

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Bon Appetit: Everything Food - At Sea & In Port (1-29-23)

Long after 3/C Andrew Fusco returns from Sea Term 2023, he will still be talking about the steak that he feasted on in Aruba.  While many cadets tracked down their American favorites, Andrew and his friends were craving something more than just pizza and burgers. 

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Michael Howard (MTRA - Milton, MA)

Meet 4/C Michael Howard, a Marine Transportation major from Milton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston.  It is located between the Neponset River and the Blue Hills.

Michael attended Cunningham Elementary School, Pierce Middle School, and Milton High School.

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Max Bowman (MTRA - Falmouth, MA)

Meet 4/C Max Bowman, a Marine Transportation major from Falmouth, Massachusetts

Max’s mom explained that her son was brought surrounded by the ocean.  Both of his grandfathers were boat owners and taught him to love bass fishing. 

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Birthdays At Sea: January 29th - February 4th

As January wraps up and February begins, quite a few cadets and crew members aboard the TS Kennedy will be celebrating their birthdays this week, including these four cadets. 

Thank you to their families for sharing these great birthday flashback photos.


January 29th:

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Number Of The Day: 68.3%

Most Arubans speak at least 4 languages.  The country has two official languages, Dutch and Papiamento.  

Papiamento is spoken by 68.3% of the islands population.

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Sea Term Flashbacks: Challenges & Changes At Sea - 1950s, 1960s, & 1970s

A professional mariner knows to expect the unexpected.  Mechanical problems, inclement weather, rough seas, crew illnesses, and scheduling changes can change even the best laid plans.

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Number Of The Day: 18

The island of Aruba is located just 18 miles off the coast of Venezuela, a country on the northern coast of South America.

Cadets are exploring the south-eastern side of the island, they may be able to see Venezuela.

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Bon Appetit: Everything Food - At Sea & In Port (1-27-23) The Best Of Juvi

We couldn’t wrap up our salute to Juvi, Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s cherished baker without sharing a few more photos.   Since the training ship departed Buzzards Bay on January 8th, he’s been mixing up sweet magic in the galley every evening.  In previous years, Juvi would spend the entire Sea Term baking for the cadets and crew.

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Bon Appetit: Everything Food - At Sea & In Port (1-26-23) Juvi's Sticky Buns

This is the fourth day of our salute to Juvi, Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s cherished baker.  Since the training ship departed Buzzards Bay on January 8th, he’s been mixing up sweet magic in the galley every evening.  In previous years, Juvi would spend the entire Sea Term baking for the cadets and crew.

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Bon Appetit: Everything Food - At Sea & In Port (1-27-23) Juvi's Apple Turnovers

This is our fifth and final day shining a spotlight on Juvi, Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s cherished baker.  Since the training ship departed Buzzards Bay on January 8th, he’s been mixing up sweet magic in the galley every evening.  In previous years, Juvi would spend the entire Sea Term baking for the cadets and crew.

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Little Buc's Adventures: Bon Jour! The French Navy Is In Aruba!

Bon Jour, Followers -

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Cadet Blog: 3/C McArthur Dannelly (MENG - Annapolis, MD) 1-27-23

Welcome back, Followers –

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Andrew Dyment (MTRA - Greenwich, CT)

Meet 4/C Andrew Dyment, a Marine Transportation major from Greenwich, the largest town on Connecticut’s Gold Coast.  Andrew attended Mianus School, Eastern Middle School, and Greenwich High School

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 1/C Quinten O'Brien Fletcher (MENG - Lincoln, RI)

Meet 1/C Quinten O'Brien Fletcher from Lincoln, Rhode Island!  Quinten will receive his Marine Engineering degree from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in just five months.

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Nate Gifford (MTRA - Westport, MA)

Meet 4/C Nathaniel (Nate) Gifford, a Marine Transportation major from Westport, MassachusettsWestport is approximately thirty miles southeast of Providence, Rhode Island and about sixty miles south of Boston. 

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Number Of The Day: 250

Meet the Aruban Island Rattlesnake!  This highly-venomous, medium-sized reptile, found only on the island of Aruba, is critically endangered.  Scientists estimate that less than 250 mature Aruban Island Rattlesnake remain in the wild.

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Little Buc's Adventures: Videos Of Dolphins Accompanying The TS Kennedy

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Captain's Log: January 26, 2023

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Ports Of Call: Learn To Speak Papiamento, One Of Aruba's Two Official Languages

Papiamento is one of the two official languages of Aruba.  It is a Portuguese-based Creole language.  Our cadets will hear Papiamento spoken throughout the island.  

Papiamento has 9 vowels and 22 consonants.  Here is the alphabet.

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Ports Of Call: Aruba

Welcome to Aruba, a constituent island of the Kingdom Of The Netherlands

Aruba's motto is, One Happy Island.  Let's see what has everyone smiling!


Let's start with a visit to Arikok National Park.  Wait until you see these views!


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Below Deck: 3/C Cadets Take Apart A Centrifugal Pump In The Engine Lab

Do you enjoy taking apart things to see how they work?  That's just what 3/C cadets majoring in Marine Engineering are doing in the TS Kennedy's Engine Lab.

1/C Training Rates, John  Hall (MENG/ESE - Davie, FL) and Collin Tracey (MENG - Avon, MA) sent you this video clip showing the centrifugal pump that 3/C cadets are dismantling and reassembling.

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Cameron McManus (MTRA - Lake Como, New Jersey)

Meet 4/C Cameron McManus, a Marine Transportation major from Lake Como, New Jersey

Cameron attended St. Rose Grammar School from kindergarten to grade eight.  He graduated from St. Rose High School.

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C James Curtis (MTRA - Westminster, MA)

Meet 4/C James Curtis, a Marine Transportation major from Westminster, Massachusetts, a small town in Worcester County.  He attended Westminster Elementary School, Overlook Middle School, and Oakmont Regional High School

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Captain's Log: January 26, 2023

Good morning, Followers –

All of you are very curious about the number of pets that are part of the Campbell family.  As I mentioned earlier in the week, we are all animal lovers.  My wife owns and operates her own hands-on science camp called Joyce’s Jungle.  Many of these animals play a role in her classes. 

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Your Questions Answered: Cadets, What Were Your Favorite Middle School Science Activities? (Part 2)

Many of our elementary school and middle school followers have the same question for our cadets:

What were your favorite science activities when you were in middle school?

Our cadets were eager to share their answers.

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Little Buc's Buccaneer Book Club: The Treasure Of Pirate Frank by Mal Pete and Elspeth Graham

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Number Of The Day: 86


Tomorrow, the TS Kennedy will dock in Oranjestad, Aruba

The average high temperature in January is 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

The average low temperature in January is 76 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Number Of The Day: 7,500

If there is any truth to the English proverb, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away.", Dr. Cukor won't be very busy.  There are LOTS of apples being served in the TS Kennedy's Mess Deck.  Cadets eat them with their meals and grab them for snacks throughout the day and night!  A few apples fit perfectly in the pocket of a boiler suit.  

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Birthdays At Sea: January 15th - 28th

On any given day, it is not unusual to hear Happy Birthday! being sung somewhere aboard the TS Kennedy.  With over 700 cadets, faculty, and crew members taking part in Sea Term 2023, it seems like someone is always celebrating.   Last fall, families were invited to share photos of cadets celebrating their birthdays aboard the TS Kennedy.  Here are some flashback birthday photos.  

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Cadet Blog: Birthday Boy, 3/C Jacob Thorpe (MTRA - Woodland Park, CO) 1-25-23

0000 strikes which means it’s officially the second birthday I have now spent aboard the TS Kennedy.

I got fortunate enough that my closest friends brought cake for me as I stand a utility watch and sang, “Happy Birthday!”

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Captain's Log: January 25, 2023

Good morning, Followers –      

After tracking the distance that we have traveled since departing Buzzards Bay on January 8th, some of you have expressed concern that the TS Kennedy may run out of gas. 

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 3/C Lucas Marcolini (MENG - Marion, MA)

Meet 3/C Lucas Marcolini, a Marine Engineering major from Marion, Massachusetts!  The town was originally called Sippican when it was settled in1679, named after a local Wampanoag tribe.  Over the years, it was home to sea captains, sailors, and boat builders.  In 1852, Sippican was renamed Marion.  

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Brent Turgeon (MENG - Northbridge, MA)

Meet 4/C Brent Turgeon, a Marine Engineering major from Northbridge, small town located in the Blackstone River Valley in the south-central area of Massachusetts.

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Cadet Blog: 2/C Gabriella Struss (IMB - North Attleboro, MA) 1-25-23 Dr. Cukor Teaches Cadets To Suture

We saved the bananas! It was a touch and go situations at times, but my team of sixteen cadets worked valiantly to save the lives of sixteen pieces of fruit! I still cannot stop laughing.  Tonight was one of the most fun evening activities I have participated in on the TS Kennedy.

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Bon Appetit: Everything Food - At Sea & In Port (1-25-23) Juvi's Freshly Baked Bread

This week, we’re shining a spotlight on Juvi, Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s cherished baker.  Since the training ship departed Buzzards Bay on January 8th, he’s been mixing up sweet magic in the galley every evening.  In previous years, Juvi would spend the entire Sea Term baking for the cadets and crew.

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 2/C Bridget Ruiz (MSSEP - Goshen, CT)

Meet 2/C Bridget Ruiz, one of ten cadets majoring in Marine Safety, Science, & Environmental Protection who are aboard the TS Kennedy for Sea Term 2023

Bridget calls Goshen, Connecticut home. 

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Below Deck: 4/C Cadets Create Picture Frames In The Engine Lab

A highlight of Sea Term for 4/C cadets is making a picture frame in the Engine Lab.  Not only do they get to use a wide variety of tools in the multi-step process, cadets also leave with a functional souvenir that they made themselves. 

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Little Buc's Adventures: Discover The Cruise Ships That We'll Meet In Aruba

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On Deck: The Art Of Whipping A Line Using A Method That Mariners Have Used For Centuries

All lines aboard the TS Kennedy will unravel and fray at the end unless action is taken.

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Cadet Blog: 3/C James Cirillo (MTRA - Monroe, NY) 1-24-23

Once again hello from the TS Kennedy! After a fun weekend docked in Barbados, we are back underway sailing. Getting to explore another country for the first time is an amazing experience that I’ve only had traveling on Sea Term.

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FTV Project Gallery: Rhode Island Middle School Students Hunt For Simple Machines Aboard The TS Kennedy

Students at Birchwood Middle School in North Providence, Rhode Island are science detectives.  They enjoyed the Follow The Voyage-Share The Experience Program's presentation: Searching For Simple Machines Aboard The TS Kennedy

The students studied the many photographs provided, pointing out examples of levers, screws, wedges, pulleys, inclines planes, and wheel and axels found throughout the ship.

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FTV Project Gallery: Pennsylvania Middle School Students Research Sea Term Ports

We are thrilled to have the seventh grade students at ELCO Middle School (Eastern Lebanon County District) in Myerstown, Pennsylvania participating in the Follow The Voyage-Share The Experience Program.  They have been busy researching the TS Kennedy's ports of call. 

We LOVE the bulletin board, the student work samples, and the signal flag messages.  

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Cadet Spotlight: Life Aboard The TS Kennedy In Photos

Here are a few photos taken aboard the TS Kennedy showing cadets working and learning above deck and below deck.  As the training ship steams towards Aruba,  cadets are learning and working at sea.

Can  you picture yourself as a Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadet?

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Cadet Blog: 3/C McArthur Dannelly (MENG - Annapolis, MD) 1-23-23

Welcome back Followers -

This past weekend the TS Kennedy was docked in Barbados.  This was our first port visit of four and the first time I had stepped foot on land in twelve days.

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Cadet Blog: 4/C Mary Boujoukos (MENG - Bridgewater, MA) 1-24-23

Hello again-

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Cadet Blog: 2/C Gabriella Struss (IMB - North Attleboro, MA) 1-24-23

Hello, everyone -

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 3/C Nicholas Iannone (MENG - Wallingford, CT)

Meet 3/C Nicholas Iannone, a Marine Engineering who calls Wallingford, Connecticut

Nicholas began his education at Highland Elementary and Yalesville Elementary. He attended James H Moran Middle School and graduated from Mark T. Sheehan High School.

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Hunter Vlach (MENG - Paducah, KY)

Meet 4/C Hunter Vlach, a Marine Engineering major from Paducah, Kentucky, a city located on the Ohio River.  As you stroll or bike along Paducah’s Riverwalk, you can view steamboats and barges passing by.

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Captain's Log: January 24, 2023

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Bon Appetit: Everything Food - At Sea & In Port (1-24-23) Juvi's Coconut Macaroons

This week, we’re shining a spotlight on Juvi, Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s cherished baker.  Since the training ship departed Buzzards Bay on January 8th, he’s been mixing up sweet magic in the galley every evening.  In previous years, Juvi would spend the entire Sea Term baking for the cadets and crew.

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Little Buc's Adventures: Cartoon Characters Spotted Aboard The TS Kennedy

Ahoy, Followers -

I have a secret!  Some of your favorite cartoon characters from movies, television shows, and books are right here aboard the TS Kennedy!  That's right, I’ve seen them!   NemoWile E. CoyoteBig Bird…and even Mushu!

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On Deck: Meet 1/C Safety Rate Kristopher Young (MTRA - Plymouth, MA)

Meet 1/C Kristopher Young, a Marine Transportation major who calls Plymouth, Massachusetts home.

During Sea Term 2023, Kristopher is one of four Safety Rates.  

Last year, Kristopher was asked why he chose to major in Marine Transportation, here is what he had to say:

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Ports Of Call: Cadets Share Five Video Clips From Barbados

Before the TS Kennedy departed Barbados this morning, five video clips were shared with the Follow The Voyage-Share The Experience Program.  

The first two video clips show a glimpse of the harbor from the ship.  Watch for the cruise ships that Little Buc introduced you to last Wednesday.

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Questions Of The Week: Monday, January 23, 2023

Week Of Monday, January 23, 2023:

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Captain's Log: January 23, 2023

Good morning, Followers -

This weekend, cadets practiced an important skill for anyone pursuing a career at sea; flexibility.  

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Little Buc's Buccaneer Book Club: The Grumpy Pirate By Corine Dema & Artemis Roehrig

Ahoy, Followers –

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Ports Of Call: Photos Of Barbados (Friday, 1-20 - Monday, 1-23)

What a weekend!  The cadets had a wonderful time exploring the island of Barbados. Scroll through the photos that they shared! 

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Cadet Spotlight: 4/C Kolten Eric Williams (MENG - Newton, NH)

Meet 4/C Kolten Eric Williams, a Marine Engineering major who calls Newton, New Hampshire home.  Newtown was originally part of Salisbury, Massachusetts.  In 1749, was incorporated as “Newtown” because it was a new town.  The New Hampshire legislature voted in 1846 to change the town’s name t

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C John (Jack) MacLachlan (MENG - Syracuse, NY)

Meet 4/C John (Jack) MacLachlan, a Marine Engineering major who calls Syracuse, New York home.

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Number Of The Day: 621

The TS Kennedy is bound for Oranjestad, Aruba!

The distance from Bridgetown, Barbados to Oranjestad, Aruba is 621 nautical miles.

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Bon Appetit: Everything Food - At Sea & In Port (1-23-23) Juvi's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Meet Juvi, the cherished baker on the campus of Massachusetts Maritime Academy and here aboard the TS Kennedy.  In previous years, Juvi would spend the entire Sea Term aboard the training ship. This year, because of obligations back home, Juvi will be disembarking in Aruba and returning to Massachusetts

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Your Questions Answered: Are There Lots Of Signs On The TS Kennedy?

Many of the classes participating in the Follow The Voyage-Share The Experience Program have asked the same question:

Are there a lot of signs on the ship?

Younger students want to practice their reading skills.

Older students are eager to try and figure out where the signs are posted, what they mean, and why the signs are necessary.

Yes, there are lots of signs on the TS Kennedy

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Cadet Spotlight: My Commercial Shipping Experience - 1/C Ricardo Estrada

During their third year at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, cadets majoring in Marine Transportation and Marine Engineering fulfill Sea Term requirements on a commercial vessel.  This provides 2/C cadets with an opportunity to apply the skills that they have learned aboard

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Thor Williams (MENG - Clinton, TN)

Meet 4/C Thor Williams, a Marine Engineering major from Clinton, Tennessee, a city located along the Clinch River.  Thor attended Norris Elementary School, Grace Christian Academy, and Anderson Cou

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Number Of The Day: 1988

Barbados is the birthplace of singer, actress, and businesswoman, Rhianna. She was born in 1988 in the parish of St. Michael and raised in Bridgetown.

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On Deck: Cadets Practice The Lost Art Of Sewing Canvas By Hand

Last week, a small group of cadets aboard the TS Kennedy took a trip back and time.  They learned the lost art of stitching canvas by hand.  The finished product was a sturdy canopy that now stands outside of the Navigation Lab on the ship’s Cabin Deck.  The canopy is de

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Connor Asma (MTRA - South Huntington, NY)

Meet 4/C Connor Asma, a Marine Transportation major that calls South Huntington, New York home.  He attended Oakwood Elementary School, Stimson Middle School, and Walt Whitman High School

Connor began fishing at a young age.  He also enjoyed camping on ocean beaches.

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Number Of The Day: 160

Barbados is known as "the land of the flying fish".  The flying fish is one of the national symbols of the country.

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Sea Term Flashbacks: Shopping For Souvenirs 1940s, 1950s, & 1960s

While in Barbados, cadets may purchase souvenirs for friends and family members back home. 

Step into our time machine!  Discover the souvenirs that cadets were purchasing on Sea Term in 1946, 1952, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, and 1964.  The following quotes appeared in Massachusetts Maritime Academy yearbooks. 

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Bon Appetit: Everything Food - At Sea & In Port (1-20-23) Dining In Barbados

While cadets are exploring the island of Barbados, they will be eager to sample the local cuisine.  The weekend will be full of delicious surprises.  Barbados is often called, “the culinary capital of the Caribbean.”

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Ports Of Call: Bajan Sayings Cadets May Hear Around The Island Of Barbados

Here are seven Bajan sayings that cadets may hear as they explore Barbados this weekend.  The sayings are a combination of both African and European influences.  At first, the sayings may sound silly to you.  Take a few moments to read the m

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Cadet Blog: 3/C McArthur Dannelly (MENG - Annapolis, MD) 1-20-23: The Great Adventure Of Tuesday

Tuesday morning started like any other day.  I woke up at 0725, got dressed in my boiler suit. and grabbed all my tools. I then headed to my morning muster where we would start our morning maintenance from.

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FTV Project Gallery: Our Tiniest Followers Spell Their Names In Signal Flags

Many cadets have said that they began considering a career at sea by the time they were in second grade.  Salvatore (age five), Vivienne (age 3), and Eliana (age 2) are getting a head start.  In fact, they may be the youngest participants in the Follow The Voyage-Share The Experience Progra

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Little Buc's Adventures: The TS Kennedy Is At The Dock In Barbados

Ahoy, Followers!  Wa gine on?  This Bajan phrase means, "What's up?" or "How have you been?"  I am trying out the Bajan dialect because the the TS Kennedy has just docked in Bridgetown, Barbados.  And...I have the photos to prove it!

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Captain's Log: January 20, 2023

Good morning, Followers –

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Mike Schmitz (MTRA - Kingston, MA)

Meet 4/C Mike Schmitz, a Marine Transportation major from Kingston, Massachusetts, home to the longest continuously run boatyard in North America, Jones River Landing.

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 1/C Kevin Flahive (MENG - Westborough, Massachusetts)

Meet 1/C Kevin Flahive from Westborough, Massachusetts!  Kevin is just five months away from earning a degree in Marine Engineering degree from Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

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Your Questions Answered: Cadets, Is This Your First Trip To The Caribbean?

As the TS Kennedy docks in its first port for Sea Term 2023, many of our PreK-12 students want to know:

Will this be your first trip to the Caribbean?

Have you and your family already visited islands in the Caribbean?

Which island are you most looking forward to visiting?


Here's what some of our cadets had to say...

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Number Of The Day: 11

The island of Barbados is divided into 11 parishes.  Is there a student in your class named Andrew, Thomas, George, Lucy, Peter, James, John, Joseph, Michael, or Phillip?  If so, they

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Cadet Blog: 3/C Salvador Relle (MTRA - Belle Chasse, LA) 1-19-23

Hey ya'll!  So today I was on maintenance. 

We painted all day today. We started on the Helo Deck which is where we hangout. Cadets paint a new mural every Sea Term.  It is always something different.

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Cadet Blog: 3/C Jacob Thorpe (MTRA - Woodland Park, CO) 1-19-23

Today is the last day at sea before we arrive in Bridgetown, Barbados. Today started at 0700 for some breakfast and then morning formation. Today my division was on maintenance. So I spent the day with the safety team ensuring all things like fire extinguisher work properly.

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Cadet Blog: 1/C Sam Wiggin (IMB - Mattapoisett, MA) 1-19-23

This past week, International Maritime Business students took part in utility duties instead of their normal classes. This included scullery, inside cleaning, and garbage management. They were able to learn how the ship can stay clean, even with hundreds of people on board. 
 

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Below Deck: Training Rate 1/C John Hall Introduces Us To Soldering

During Sea Term 2023, all 4/C cadets will solder copper tubing in the Engine Lab.  Some cadets have had experience with soldering, either in high school or at home.   For most, however, it will be a new experience.

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Ports Of Call: Virtually Explore Barbados Like A Cadet

Wouldn't you LOVE to be spending the weekend exploring Barbados with Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets on liberty?   We all would - especially those of us with snow piled up outside our window.  

Well, watching some of the videos below will be the next best thing.  Spread out a beach towel, put on your sun hat, and pretend that you are on the beautiful island of Barbados.

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Little Buc's Adventures: Tugboats & A Son Following His Dad's Career Path

Ahoy, Followers –

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FTV Project Gallery: Can You Solve The Signal Flag Messages From Navajo Nation? (Crowpoint, NM)

Fifth grade students from Mariano Lake Community School in Crowpoint, New Mexico have sent ten messages written in colorful signal flags. Can you solve one or more of the messages?  The TS Kennedy flies the signal flags K-V-M-U when she is in port.

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FTV Project Gallery: Cadets With Sextants Inspire A Poem About Starts (Bridgewater, MA)

Students in Bridget Eileen Hernandez’s special needs class at Bridgewater Raynham High School know that cadets

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Patrick Child (MENG - Marshfield, MA)

Meet 4/C Patrick Child, a Marine Engineering major from Marshfield, Massachusetts, a coastal community thirty miles south of Boston.   Marshfield has a rich history that stretches back over 350 years.  One of the town's most famous resident was American lawyer and statesman, Daniel Webster.  Webster served as the U.S.

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 3/C Troy Bockman (MTRA - Groveland, MA)

Meet 3/C Troy Bockman, a Marine Transportation major from Groveland, Massachusetts!

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Little Buc's Video Vault: Two Videos Of Shaft Alley (2008 and 2012)


Ahoy, Followers -

As I have told you, I have been given a great honor.

To celebrate the final voyage of the TS Kennedy as Massachusetts Maritime Academy's training ship, I have been given the key to the video vault.  

You wouldn't believe the treasures that I have found!

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Number Of The Day: 166

The TS Kennedy will dock in Bridgetown, Barbados tomorrow.

The island of Barbados has an area of 166 square miles.  

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Captain's Log: January 18, 2023

Good Morning, Followers –

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Number Of The Day: 1536

The island of Barbados is named after a tree. When Portuguese explorers first discovered the island in 1536 the Bearded Fig Tree was found all over the island. In Portuguese, Los Barbados means “The Bearded One.”

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Your Questions Answered: Cadets, What Were Your Favorite Middle School Science Activities? (Part 1)

Many of our elementary school and middle school followers have the same question for our cadets:

What were your favorite science activities in when you were in middle school?

Cadets were eager to share their answers.


"In 7th grade I constructed a small-scale dam from natural products and tested in a tub." - 3/C Nicholas Iannone (MENG - Wallingford, CT)

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FTV Project Gallery: First Graders Enjoy Little Buc's Buccaneer Book Club (Salisbury, MA)

First graders from Salisbury Elementary School in Salisbury, Massachusetts enjoyed reading Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel.  Next they created a chart to help them tackle Little Buc's challenge.  The students looked at the photos that Little Buc took on the deck of the TS Kennedy.  Hidden in the photos were 25 letters of the alphabet.  That's right, just 25!  The students checked off the letters that they spotted in the photos

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FTV Project Gallery: Anchors And Anchor Chains At Wareham Elementary School (Wareham, MA)

While Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets were conducting anchor drills in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, students at Wareham Elementary School were also working with anchors.  Here’s what STEAM teacher, Teri DeFilippo had to say, “Wareham Elementary School students studied the Captain’s Log and Little Buc’ Blogs to learn about anchor drills.  This week kindergarten students colored and cut out anchors in preparation for next week's paper chain engineering proje

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Cadet Blog: 4/C Mary Boujoukos (MENG - Bridgewater, MA) 1-18-23

Hello again, followers - I’ve been on my training rotation on the ship, so I’ve been going to class every day. Today, I learned how to chart, which is a large part of ship navigation. It’s basically GPS by hand.

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Cadet Blog: 4/C Remy Chiep (IMB - Lynn, MA)

Hello, everyone! I just want to say welcome on this journey.  So on January 13th we got to Mayaguez, and we started to drop anchor for the few day.  The best part is we got to see how it was in the Bridge because that was the eyes and ears of the whole operations.

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Bon Appetit: Everything Food - At Sea & In Port 1-16-23

Chartwells’s Sunday At Sea is a highlight of every Sea Term.  It traditionally takes place on the Sunday following the first full week at sea.  This year, cadets had to be

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Cadet Blog: 3/C Jacob Thorpe (MTRA - Woodland Park, CO) 1-17-23

Hello again, Followers,

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Cadet Blog: 3/C Salvador Relle (MTRA - Belle Chasse, LA) 1-16-23

Hey ya'll!  So today my division was on maintenance and what i did today was really busy. I got to walk around the whole ship and test and check every fire extinguisher that the ship has, including the lifeboats.

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Cadet Blog: 3/C James Cirillo (MTRA - Monroe, NY) 1-17-23

Hello again, from the TS Kennedy! We are back underway after spending the weekend anchored in Mayagüez off the coast of Puerto Rico. Over the weekend we had pleasure of having our annual “Sunday at sea”. This involves having a barbecue out on the Helo Deck while anchored.

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Captain's Log: January 18, 2023

Good morning, Followers -

Students participating in the Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Program are always watching out for me.  I received a few emails from students who are worried that I may not be getting enough sleep.  When their teachers explained that the TS Kennedy does not drop anchor at night, these students became concerned that I am steering the ship both day and night. 

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Safety First: Wearing A Safety Harness

Working up high is considered a risky activity on land, but it especially dangerous on a rocking ship at sea.  All crew members are required to wear a safety harness that is appropriate for the intended job. 

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Sydney Sawyer (MTRA - Sandwich, MA)

Meet 4/C Sydney Sawyer, a Marine Transportation major from Sandwich, Massachusetts, the oldest town on Cape CodThe town’s motto is, “After so many shipwreck

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Number Of The Day: 1,200

According to Chartwells Dining Director, Bob Cobb, 1,200 pounds of bacon was loaded onto the TS Kennedy for Sea Term 2023.  As you may have guessed, the cadets and crew members LOVE bacon.  

Each pound of bacon cost Chartwells $5.55.

Are you sensing a mathematics lesson here?  I know I am. 

1.  What was the total cost of the bacon for Sea Term 2023?

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Your Questions Answered: What Are The Dimensions Of The Kennedy Sign?

Several classes have emailed to ask:

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Below Deck: Meet 1/C 2nd Evaporator Rate Christopher George (MENG - Bourne, MA)

Stop and think.  How many times in the last twenty-four hours did you use fresh water?

You may have had a drink, washed your hands, taken a shower, brushed your teeth, or added it to a recipe without giving it much thought.

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Little Buc's Adventures: Discover The Cruise Ships That We'll Meet In Barbados

Ahoy, Followers -

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Kyle Souza (MENG - Falmouth, MA)

Meet 4/C Kyle Souza, a Marine Engineering major from Falmouth, Massachusetts, a picturesque New England town known for its beautiful beaches.  Kyle attended Mullen Hall S

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Cadet Blog: 4/C Pricilla Murray (MENG - North Andover, MA) 1-15-23

Hello my fellow seamen!  I am back. Today was an exhausting day. My division was on maintenance and it was tiring. On maintenance, we help the Boson, Tom Tucker, and the First Mate, Melissa Turner, maintain the boat. Jobs could include needle gunning, painting or help moving things.

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Cadet Blog: 3/C McArthur Dannelly (MENG - Annapolis, MD) 1-106-23

Welcome back readers, sorry for the short blog today but sometimes life on the ship gets in the way. For the past four days I have had Engine Room watch. Everyday my shift was from 0715 to 1115, 1700 to 1730 and 1915 to 2315. During the time when I was not in the Engine Room, I took naps, relaxed outside, and used the cell service while we were anchored to catch up with the world.

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Captain's Log: January 16, 2023 - Part 1

Good Morning, Followers -

I was very impressed with the way that our 1/C cadets planned and carried out their anchor drills over the weekend.  They approached the challenge with confidence, applying all of the skills that they gained during their two previous Sea Terms, their time on a commercial ship, and in their classes back at the Academy.  They worked as a team to get the job done.  I hope that those watching took videos and photographs to share with you.

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Captain's Log: January 17, 2023

Good morning, Followers -

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Safety First: Testing Lifeboat #2 In Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

While at anchor in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Lifeboat #2 got put to the test. 

Don’t worry, it was not an emergency.   Alarms did not sound.  There was no cause for concern. 

Instead, cadets were treated to a unique learning experience that will stay with them throughout their careers at sea.

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 1/C Matthew J. Flaherty (MENG - Alexandria, VA)

Meet 1/C Matthew J. Flaherty from Alexandria, Virginia.  Matthew is just five months away from earning his degree in Marine Engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy

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Little Buc's Buccaneer Book Club: Ten Little Pirates By Mike Brownlow & Simon Rickerty

Ahoy, Followers –

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Jack Millican (MTRA - Mobile, AL)

Meet 4/C Jackson Millican, a Marine Transportation major from Mobile, Alabama, the state’s only saltwater port. 

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Bon Appetit: Everything Food - At Sea & In Port (1-17-23)

Whether she at sea aboard the TS Kennedy or back on the campus of Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Tuesdays bring a smile to 1/C Paige Albertson’s face.  That’s because every Tuesday is Chicken Patty Tuesday, both here aboard the TS Kennedy and back on the campus of Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  That’s right,

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Your Questions Answered: What Is The Height Of Each Smokestack?

Many classes have emailed to compliment the TS Kennedy’s bold blue and gold smokestacks.  A few mentioned that the smokestack match their school colors.

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Number Of The Day: 12,892

The lightweight of the TS Kennedy is 12,892 tons.

A ship's lightweight is the actual weight of the ship without cargo, fuel, passengers, etc.

If you could empty the TS Kennedy and place her on a scale (which, of course, you can't), her weight would be 12,892 tons.  

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Questions Of The Week: Monday, January 16, 2023

Week Of Monday, January 16, 2023:

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Cadet Spotlight: My Commercial Shipping Experience - 1/C Jacob Sheehan Rollo

Last summer, 1/C Jacob Sheehan Rollo, left the quaint, seaside community of Scituate, Massachusetts behind and headed down to Port Fourchon, Louisiana’s southernmost port. 

Port Fourchon services over 90% of the Gulf of Mexico's deep-water oil production. More than 600 oil platforms lie within a 40-mile radius of Port Fourchon. This area provides approximately 16-18% percent of the United States oil supply. 

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On Deck: Anchor Drills

Last Friday, Little Buc posted the first photos and a video clip of the Anchor Drills.  The drills continued throughout Friday and Saturday, with every 1/C cadet majoring in Marine Transportation having a set time to demonstrate their skills.   3/C and 4/C cadets took advantage of any opportunities they had to observe the anchor drills, both on deck and on the Bridge.  They listened carefully and made note of the steps involved.  The 3/C cadets know that on their next Sea Term aboar

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Ports Of Call: The Sunrises, Sunsets, & Breathtaking Views Of The Caribbean

From the bow of the TS Kennedy, to her stern, cadets soak in the beauty that surrounded them.  They take photos from the starboard side of the ship, and from her port side. Enjoy some of their breathtaking photos mixed with some inspiring quotes.  

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Safety First: A Guest Blog From Dr. Jeff Cukor, Chief Medical Officer Of The TS Kennedy

A Safety First post doesn't get any better than this!  The TS Kennedy's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jeff Cukor took time out of his busy schedule to send a guest blog and photographs.  Not only is Dr. Cukor committed to keeping the cadets and crew members safe of our training ship safe and healthy, he is also eager to educate the 22,074 students participating in the Follow The Voyage-Share The Experience Program.  

Thank you, Dr. Cukor!

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 4/C Cadet Austin Chavero (MENG - Framingham, MA)

Meet 4/C Austin Chavero, a Marine Engineering major from Framingham, Massachusetts. He attended Israel Loring Elementary School, Ephraim Curtis Middle School, and Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.

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Captain's Log: January 16, 2023 - Part 2

Good morning, Followers -

This is Part 2 of today's blog.  Let's get back to the questions from Mrs. Clayton's first grade students from Salisbury Elementary School in Salisbury, Massachusetts.  As I mentioned in Part 1 of my log, Mrs. Clayton is the mother of 4/C Liam Clayton, a Marine Transportation major.  The Clayton family lives in York, Maine.

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Cadet Spotlight: Meet 3/C Nick Glofelty (MTRA - Durango, Colorado and Hope, Alaska)

Meet 3/C Nicholas (Nick) Glotfelty, a Marine Transportation major from Durango Colorado and Hope, Alaska.  He lived in Alaska until he entered middle school. 

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Your Questions Answered: Cadets, How Did You Develop Your Love Of The Ocean?

It's clear that the cadets aboard the TS Kennedy share a deep love of the ocean.

Many classes have emailed to ask the cadets:


How did you develop your love of the ocean?          Did you grow up near the ocean?

Did you family vacation near the ocean?                   What do you love best about the ocean?

Here's what some of our cadets had to say...

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Number Of The Day: 4,500

Safety is the #1 priority aboard the TS Kennedy, but occasionally, accidents happen. 

That's why Dr. Cukor ordered 4,500 Band-aids for Sea Term 2023.

Of course, he hopes that they won't need all of them, but they are standing by just in case.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Connections To Participating Schools & Cadets Aboard The TS Kennedy

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday in the United States marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.

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