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Climb aboard the 540-foot TS Kennedy for Sea Term 2021!  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 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 ship conducts anchoring drills off the coast of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico or cruises down New York’s East River and passes the Statue Of Liberty.  For the health and safety of the cadets and crew aboard the TS Kennedy, the ship will not be making any port stops during Sea Term 2021. 

This non-stop adventure begins on Saturday, May 29th when the ship departs Buzzards Bay.  The TS Kennedy is scheduled to return on Wednesday, June 23rd.  There will be posts each day – even on weekends. 

Thanks for being a part of Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s free, one-of-a-kind, K-12, STEM adventure on land and sea!

Check out this link to an article and  Arrival Day photos taken by Steve Heaslip of the Cape Cod Times newspaper.  They’re fantastic! https://www.capecodtimes.com/picture-gallery/news/2021/06/23/mma-sea-term-cruise-returns/5322837001/    
Welcome home, TS Kennedy! Please click on “These Are The Days” and enjoy a little 10,000 Maniacs as you scroll through these photographs! * Photos of the TS Kennedy are courtesy of Ryan Smith  https://www.facebook.com/Smith-Aerial-Photography-1575238066133765/      
It's the final day here on the TS Kennedy. It's definitely been a long and challenging past 4 weeks, but it's an experience I wouldn't change for the world. It's so impressive that during a worldwide pandemic, we were able to get all the pieces together to do a Sea Term.    As a freshman, being exposed to a half deck/half engine rotation proved to be extremely useful. You got to get a taste of both worlds and for some of my friends, they realized the major they chose wasn't the one they were going to be sticking with. As a deckie, it's great that I got a view from the engine side, because the more I know, the more I can understand when any problems arise. I can also sympathize when all…
To my loyal followers,   It's hard to believe: we are in our final ours onboard the TS Kennedy. Home is a few nautical miles away, and we can already smell the extra salt drenching the New England coastal air.    We've had restricted visibility since last night with heavy fog. Looking out onto the bow looks like sailing a ghost ship; nothing above us, and noting beneath us. What a dreadful state of purgatory for a sailor...   While we missed the sunrise this morning, we are welcomed into Cape Cod Bay on time and in one piece. With a slow steady speed, we initiated our turn of 270 per gyro compass, and set the ship straight for home. Don't forget to give us a wave, PTown! (If you hear a…
Second off the ship is the TS Kennedy's beloved baker, Juvi!  This is a well-deserved honor.  He has added a sweet taste of home to Sea Term for over two decades.  Juvi's bread, rolls, apple turnovers, macaroons, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and countless other treats were even more appreciated during Sea Term 2021.      
  First off the TS Kennedy in 2021 is Charles M. "Charlie" Joyce!  This is his 23rd Sea Term.    Charlie graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering. After sailing for seven years, he came ashore to start a 25 years career at UMass Boston, where he was the Chief project and Operations Engineer for an expanding urban campus. He retired from UMass in 1999.  At Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Charlie’s contributions have been concrete and significant. He was a founding donor to the Class of 1959 Scholarship fund and was an original member of the MMA Facilities Engineering Advisory Council, helping to establish that major in 1991…
Above: This photo was taken of Grace aboard the schooner Fame.  Below: A  sail aboard Fame is a premier activity for both locals and tourists.   1/C Marine Transportation major, Grace Theriault was destined to have a career at sea.  Growing up in Salem, Massachusetts, Grace was always surrounded by boats.  In fact, the motto of her hometown is “To the rich East Indies until the last lap."  Grace is a graduate of Salem High School.  Salem was one of the most significant seaports in early America. It has the first National Historic Site designated by Congress, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, which protects Salem's historic waterfront. For eight years Grace attended the…
  For 4/C Cadet Mikayla Atkins, Sea Term 2021 was far from her first time onboard a vessel in the ocean. In fact, this Marine Transportation major from Cocoa Beach, Florida has spent almost her entire life along the water’s edge – and ON the water – itself.  Charting some 21 cruises throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, South America and the Panama Canal, 4/Ct Atkins began cruising when she was just three years old.   He proud dad, Harrison Atkins explains, "Cadet Atkins has also “Captained” our family’s boats from the age of twelve, from as small as a 20.5 foot power-boat to a 25 foot cabin cruiser.  It only seemed natural for a career on the water!  In preparation for taking on the…
As the cadets aboard the TS Kennedy wrap up their twenty-four day voyage, I reached out to Tom Lennon, the Department Chair Of Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Emergency Management & Homeland Security Department to ask him about the longest time that he spent at sea. I discover that Professor Lennon spent 100 plus days at sea without a port call while stationed as an E3 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence from 1983-1985.   Tom explained, “We did multiple sixty days plus periods at sea without a port call in 1983 and 1984 supporting peace keeping operations in Lebanon and in the Persian Gulf during the Iran/Iraq War.  The longest was just shy of 120 days.  An eight-month…