The Pier

Watch our cadets perform the “Learn-do-Learn” portion of their education at the bow of the T. S. Kennedy.  Cadets use small boats to obtain sea service and engineering watchstanding experience.

MSSEP students can also be seen going out on the RV Zostera to collect research samples.

At the end of the spring semester you can watch our “Senior Swim”, a tradition for graduating seniors to mark the end of their time at the Academy. They can be seen jumping off the pier, swimming to the Kennedy, and kissing the bow.

Hendy Field

Hendy Field is the longtime home of Buccaneer baseball. The field has been used for a number of MIAA playoff games, American Legion Baseball games, AAU Tournaments, Babe Ruth Championship Game. The Regiment of Cadets also uses it for activities and intramurals.

Parade Field

Tune in every morning Monday through Friday at 0720 to watch our morning formation.  Cadets muster to salute the American flag every morning.

Additionally, watch the onboarding and offboarding of the T. S. Kennedy when she is ready to go to sea and when she returns to her homeport of Buzzards Bay.  Cadets don’t just go to their holds, they prepare the ship with all the necessary supplies for their six weeks onboard.  This includes all food, medical, and supplies for education and maintenance.  Cadets participate in safety drills to include Evacuation Drills.  The cadets do it all!

This webcam overlooks the Alison Rollins Field, home of the Buccaneer softball team.

Cape Cod Canal

The Cape Cod Canal is an artificial waterway in the U.S. state of Massachusetts connecting Cape Cod Bay in the north to Buzzards Bay in the south, and is part of a heavily used Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.  Whether it is a private boat, tanker, cruise ship, or military vessel, all pass through the canal. The TS Kennedy can be seen passing through the canal during our training cruises. 

The Cape Cod Canal is also home to some of the best fishing in the world.



PLEASE NOTE 10/27/2023: The underwater camera will remain offline throughout the Maritime Pier  Construction project. 


A View Into the Blue Octopus® High Definition PTZ camera is maintained at 22 feet below water in the Academy Marine Lab seawater intake bay.  The camera is on a custom science array sensor rack that is moved weekly for maintenance (and sometimes moved by current and storms).  The view is predominantly benthic, with fish (sea perch, stripers, Tautog and other guests), crabs and lobsters active April through January.  Tides float seaweeds and marine snow in the water column driven by the 4 to 5 knot currents.  Occasionally as daylight fades, you can see the Water Quality YSI Exo-3 SONDE fluorescent sensor, measuring chlorophyll, pH, temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen and other parameters.  A unique nitrate sensor on the submerged array is also recording data every 15 minutes, and all are displaying live readings in real time.  The data received can be viewed on the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Ocean Data Portal, hosted on our website.  If you see a white wiper blade go by, that is what keeps the dome clear and clean.