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Captain's Log: February 7, 2023

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Captain's Log: February 6, 2023

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Captain's Log: February 3, 2023

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Captain's Log: February 2, 2023

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Captain's Log: February 1, 2023

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Captain's Log: January 31, 2023

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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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Captain's Log: January 30, 2023

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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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Captain's Log: January 26, 2023

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Captain's Log: January 26, 2023

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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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Captain's Log: January 25, 2023

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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. 

First, let me point out that our training ship is powered by Very Low Sulfur Fuel Oil (VLSFO), not gasoline. 

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Captain's Log: January 24, 2023

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Captain's Log: January 23, 2023

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

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Captain's Log: January 20, 2023

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Captain's Log: January 18, 2023

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Captain's Log: January 18, 2023

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

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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

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

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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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Captain's Log: January 13, 2023

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Today is the first day of what we call “Anchor Drills”.  1/C cadets will work in teams to raise and lower the anchor.  It is a very involved process. I will be on the Bridge to watch the drills and provide advice if needed.  I observe closely to assure that the cadets are safe at all times and that no damage is done to the ship.  As you know, safety is our number one priority here aboard the TS Kennedy

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Captain's Log: January 12, 2023

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I have received many emails asking if the cadets and crew of the TS Kennedy have ever had to shout, “Man overboard!”  Thankfully, they haven’t.  Also, throughout my long career at sea, I have never been working aboard a ship when a “Man overboard!” cry was necessary. 

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Captain's Log: January 11, 2023

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Today is a special day back home in Narragansett, Rhode Island.  It is my daughter Kyrie’s 15th birthday.  I am sorry to be missing her special day.  Like me, Kyrie is also a captain.  She is the captain of Gansett Guard, a color guard team.

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Captain's Log: January 10, 2023

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Captain's Log Bonus: A 2nd Captain Campbell Aboard The TS Kennedy

In the hours leading up to the departure, there was not one, but TWO Captain Campbells aboard the TS Kennedy.

Both Captain Campbells were both spotted in the Crew Mess, in the Master's Suite, and on the Bridge.At first, crew members and cadets thought they were seeing double and considered heading over to Sick Bay to get checked out.  

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Captain's Log: January 9, 2023

Monday, January 9, 2023

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Captain's Log: January 6, 2023

Friday, January 6, 2023

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Captain's Log: January 5, 2023

Thursday, January 5, 2023

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Captain's Log: January 4, 2023

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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 wa

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Captain's Log: January 3, 2023

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Good morning, Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Program Participants –

The TS Kennedy is a busy place! 

As you are reading this in your classrooms across the United States and around the world, many of our cadets are on the dock and on the ship helping to load supplies that we will need for our voyage.  

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Captain's Log: January 2, 2023

Monday, January 2, 2023

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