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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!

A huge thank you for proud MMA parent, Sarah Marino, for this heartwarming, beautifully written guest blog. My son, Mark Marino, will return to MMA in Sept as a 1/C. He will be a Rate on the TS Kennedy, holding the position of Deck Adjutant for the Sept 2021- 2022 school year. Last December, Mark received word that he would fulfill his commercial shipping experience with US Shipping Company on the Chemical Pioneer. Mark met the ship, in Philadelphia, just before Christmas. He disembarked, in Houston, on January 28 th , completing 41 days at sea. Spring semester classes started earlier than usual this year due to the postponement of the TS Kennedy’s Sea Term. Mark was fortunate enough to…
  Ahoy, Followers - I never tire of gazing up at the wooden Kennedy sign - whether it is framed by sapphire blue or stormy grey.  It is beautiful from the first light of day and long past sunset.   Yesterday, with the help of a cadet, I decided that it was time to measure the sign.  We discovered that it is 100 inches long and 17.55 inches wide.   This sign is also known as a quarterboard.  During the 18th century, quarterboards were carved, gilded signs that bore the name of the ship that they were displayed on. If a ship was wrecked, its quarterboard usually washed up on the shore.  This allowed the lost ship to be identified.  The recovered quarterboards also became popular…
  Good morning, Followers - You may have seen a few photos of the pyrotechnics demonstration that took place off of the Helo Deck earlier in the week.  With the Fourth Of July less than three weeks away, you may have thought that we were staring our celebration early.  That was not the case.  Although the colors and sound may have been similar to fireworks, I assure you that this was a serious learning experience for our cadets.   The International Convention Of Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) is a maritime treaty that sets the minimum standards that all ships at sea must meet. One of those standards is carrying hand flares, rocket parachute flares, and buoyant smoke signals. These…
  When you need chocolate chip cookies for a party, you may decide to bake a double batch, or even a triple batch.  That’s just a fraction of the amount of cookies that Juvi and Becky, bake up most nights aboard the TS Kennedy.  Their recipe calls for mega amounts of ingredients, including 15 pounds of butter, 26 pounds, 4 ounces of brown sugar, 60 eggs, and 18 pounds of chocolate chips. The aroma of their 1,440 chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven drifts down to the Engine Room and up to the Bridge.  Becky confided that the brown sugar is the “secret ingredient” that has the cadets, officers, crew, and even Captain Campbell coming back for more!      
​​​   ​​​​ Happy 19th birthday, to 4/C Robert J. Flynn, Junior!   The birthday boy is a Marine Engineering major from Hanson, Massachusetts.  He attended Indian Head Elementary School, Hanson Middle School, and Whitman Hanson Regional High School. While Robert celebrates his big day aboard the TS Kennedy, his family and friends are sending their warm wishes from back home.          
  It doesn't have to be Valentine's Day to have the TS Kennedy's Medical Team thinking about heart health and AEDs. AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator. If a person’s heartbeat becomes irregular, too fast, or too slow, an AED can apply electricity to help the heart establish an effective rhythm. The portable defibrillator has something in common with the TS Kennedy.  Its age!  The portable defibrillator was invented in the mid-1960s by a man named Frank Pantridge.  He was from Belfast, Northern Ireland. AEDs can be found throughout the TS Kennedy.  They are standing by on the Bridge, in the gym, on the Quarter deck, in the Crew Mess Deck, and in the After House. The 1/…
Would you like to take a look inside the TS Kennedy’s conference room on the Main Deck? You'll find this selection from the TS Kennedy's Video Vault very informative.   This 46-second video was created by Blogger Heather Gaughan in January 2019.
Meet 4/C William “Will” Neth a Marine Engineering major from Merrimac, Massachusetts. For several summers, Will attended Coastal Discoveries, a boat camp out of Newburyport. Each day brought a different adventure on a boat, including fishing, hauling traps, and hiking on nearby islands.  Will chose Massachusetts Maritime Academy because he prefers hands-on learning, loves engines, and wanted to attend a small school. Will is looking forward to one more weekend at sea before heading back to Cape Cod.   Click on the link below to learn more about Coastal Discoveries Marine Education Program. https://www.coastaldiscoveries.com/home.html  
The family of 4/C Robert J. Flynn is sending happy birthday wishes from Hanson, Massachusetts across the sea to the TS Kennedy. This Marine Engineering major will never forget where he was on his 19th birthday!  
  A "wall climb" is a play in baseball where a fielder makes an out by by catching a fly ball or pop up while climbing a wall.  The play is usually completed by outfielders robbing hitters of hits that may have been a homer.   Wall climbs are celebrated at Fenway Park.  Here at TS Kennedy Park, wall climbs...or "railing crawls"...are frowned upon. If the ball is sailing towards the ocean - just let it go!