Hey, everyone! I had my first day of engine watch yesterday and unfortunately, I was put on the 4-8 watch time. That means I need to get up at 2:30 in the morning. Ugh! No worries though, as I’m learning so much about some of the key systems on the ship, and it’s pretty interesting!
The TS Kennedy is a steam ship, we means we use steam for a TON of things: moving the ship, heating, engine room functions and more. The main steam system is what makes out huge ship slice through the waves. We generate extraordinarily hot steam, about 850 degrees Fahrenheit, and pressurize it to about 600 PSI. That steam gets shot through massive turbines, which generate the ship’s propulsion. The…
There's a new blue, yellow, and white flag flying in Grafton, Massachusetts today! The Champagne family just couldn't wait until Saturday to display it for all to see.
This morning, as the TS Kennedy entered New York Harbor, the Champagnes received a call from their son, 1/C Supply Rate Joey Champagne. Joey announced to his parents that he had passed all of his assessments, clearing the way for Saturday's graduation.
Joey's mom Denise couldn't help but reflect on how far her son has come since he visited New York Harbor aboard the TS Kennedy during his Orientation Mini Cruise in August 2017.
Denise explained, "Joey had his 'aha moment' walking on deck and seeing the Statue Of…
Check out this photo taken by 4/C Ethan Smith, a Marine Engineering major from Bourne, Massachusetts!
That large brownish-orange patch in the ocean is sargassum. The free-floating seaweed never attaches to the ocean floor. It provides food, refuge, and a breeding ground for a wide range of marine species. The Sargassum Fish spends its entire life within a floating sargassum patch.
Although the Chartwells team won't be serving sargassum in the TS Kennedy's Mess Deck, it is eaten around the world, especially in Asian countries. It is rich in carotenoids, cellulose, and protein.
Food isn't its only use for harvested sargassum. On the island of St. Lucia, sargassum is…
It's been a busy few days on watch - it's good to see daylight again!
With five days left, you'd think I'd be clawing the walls. And in many ways, all of us are more than ready to see home again. It feels a little crazy to admit that we have finally found our sweet spot. After putting so much work into the demands of our underway schedule, the thought of going back to land life feels a little strange.
Many of us go into Sea Term in different walks of life. Some of us are fresh out of high school, and others come after surpassing a few waypoints. United, we work together and sail the Kennedy as a team until we reach home after several weeks away. We train, we…
Juvi works without a recipe in front of him. These are his assistant's notes. She is eager to learn a as much as possible from her mentor.
Cadet aboard the TS Kennedy don't take time to debate whether Juvi's cookies are macarons or macaroons, they just grab one of the mouth-watering, golden treats.
For the record, the difference between a macaron and a macaroon is the cookie's main ingredient. For a macaron, that's almond paste. For a macaroon, its shredded coconut.
Watching Juvi create trays of macaroons is mesmerizing. With a small ice-cream scoop, he fills a large cookie sheet with mounds of dough in a blink of an eye. His hands are a blur as he tops teach mound…
Commander Gillis and his daughter, Katherine, in the Engine Room
Alan and Katherine "a few" years ago
Happy 60th birthday to my dear childhood friend, Alan Gillis, who is turning 60 today aboard the TS Kennedy. When we met at age five, I didn't think that 55 years later, I'd be reporting on this milestone birthday. Although we grew up in two different states, we spent our summers together in Manomet, Massachusetts.
Alan is a beloved engineering professor at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Although he is missing out on celebrating his special day with his wife, Susan, and his oldest daughter, Isabelle, Alan did get an in-person, "Happy birthday!" from a family member.
Meet 4/C Gobind "Binnie" Dewan, a Facilities Engineering major from Marstons Mills, Massachusetts.
He attended Marstons Mills Elementary,
West villages Elementary School,
Barnstable Horace Mann Charter School,
Barnstable United Elementary School,
Barnstable Intermediate School, and
Barnstable High School.
Happy 20th Birthday,
ENJOY THE DAY!
We will celebrate when you get back!
Mom, Dad & Bianca
Meet 4/C William L. Doyle, a Marine Engineering major from Bourne, Massachusetts. He attended Peebles Elementary, Bourne Middle School, and Sturgis East High School.
Hi proud mom shared, "Billy has lived in Cape Cod his whole life, so he has had always had a special appreciation for the ocean. He has many great beach memories, along with boat rides and fishing trips in his uncle's boat! He used to go to lacrosse games at the MMA field as well as recreational walks in the campus and canal walkways. We are fortunate that we live so close to MMA and the marine culture and Billy had a lot of respect for the academy. In his high school years he may not have known that his future was…
As cadets aboard the TS Kennedy are dreaming about their first home-cooked meal later this week, lets look at what cadets had to say about food in 1957, 1962, 1963, and 1975.
Sea Term 1957
“The Island of Trinidad popped over the horizon one morning and we found ourselves tying up at a dock at last, the Naval Air Station in the British West Indies. Almost as soon as the first line was ashore, Middies were racing towards the PX foe ice-cream.”
Sea Term 1962
“Eating proved to be a bit of a problem on rolling seas as crockery, food, and midshipmen were scattered from one end of the Mess Deck to the other.”.
Sea Term 1963
“The U.S. Naval Station in Trinidad was our last port of the…