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Climb aboard the 540-foot TS Kennedy for Sea Term 2020!  Thanks to cadet blogs, the Captain’s Log, photographs, videos, special features, and a unique hands-on curriculum, you will virtually travel with six-hundred 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.  Also aboard the TS Kennedy in 2020 will be cadets majoring in International Maritime Business and cadets majoring in Marine Safety & Environmental Protection.  We’ll keep you updated on what is happening with them as well.  You’ll also experience the food, culture, and attractions of the ship’s four exciting ports of call: Balboa, Panama, Golfito, Costa Rica, Willemstad, Curacao, and Tampa, Florida.

This non-stop adventure begins on Monday, January 6th when cadets board the TS Kennedy.  The ship departs Buzzards Bay on Saturday, January 11th.  The TS Kennedy is scheduled to return on Sunday, February 23rd.  There will be posts each day – even on weekends. 

This year, the Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Programs will be partnering with Plimouth Plantation and Plymouth 400.  Throughout Sea Term 2020, we’ll be comparing the Mayflower’s historic voyage in 2020 with the voyage of the TS Kennedy in 2020.

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

  They may not be able to make it to Taylor's Point on Sunday, but four fourth grade students are virtually welcoming the TS Kennedy home with this colorful poster.   Allison, second from the left, is the proud cousin of 1/C Eoin Doherty, a Marine Transportation major from Falmouth, Massachusetts.  Allison is joined here by her classmates Lily, Maddy, and Reagan. The girls are students at C. J. Prescott Elementary School in Norwood, Massachusetts. Throughout Sea Term 2020, the girls have enjoyed seeing so many female cadets in leadership roles including Cadet Chief Mate, Devon Campbell and Division Leader, Beatriz Martins.  Captain Campbell and his crew hope to see Allison, Lily,…
As these three friends sat side by side at a pirate birthday party many years ago, could anyone have imagined that they would all be together for Sea Term 2020? That's right, for the past seven weeks, they've been Massachusetts Maritime Academy Buccaneers aboard the TS Kennedy. Pictured here are 4/C Henry Klimm, 4/C Elliot Currier, and 3/C Jack Landry.  The three Marine Engineering majors call East Sandwich, Massachusetts home. Thanks to Mrs. Currier for sharing this great photo!      
Although the Follow The Voyage - Share The Experience Program is targeted towards students in kindergarten - grade twelve, we know that the program is also a lifeline for parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends.  This morning, Captain Campbell received the following email from two proud grandparents. Dear Captain Campbell, As grandparents of one of your cadets, 2/C Sager Florio (MENG – Andover, MA), we have thoroughly enjoyed following the voyage every day!  We have learned so much!  What a great training adventure!  Thank you,  Jon and Helene Florio  We'd love to hear from you!  Tell us what you enjoyed about Sea Term 2020 and the Follow The Voyage - Share The Experience Program…
  The last week of Sea Term  2020 has been a busy one!  If you look closely, you will see Blogger Heather Gaughan making a picture frame and even getting a welding lesson.  Tomorrow, the TS Kennedy will be anchored in Cape Cod Bay, preparing for her return home on Sunday morning. What has Sea Term meant to you?  We welcome your email.  Whether you are a teacher, student, parent, or a grandparent, please let us know what you enjoyed most about your seven weeks with us. Your email may be sent to ftv@maritime.edu, All emails will be shared with Captain Campbell, COMCAD, Blogger Heather, Blogger Jack, Big Buc, Little Buc, & Giles Hopkins.       
Ahoy, Followers - As we wrap up Sea Term 2020, I wanted to brag a little bit about the TS Kennedy. As you’ve learned, the TS Kennedy is owned by the United States Marine Administration, known as MARAD and part of the Ready Reserve Force (RRF).  That’s right, Massachusetts Maritime Academy doesn’t own the ship, although Taylor’s Point is considered her homeport.  The RRF is a fleet of government-owned, militarily useful, merchant ships within the National Defense Reserve Fleet which can be operational within 5-10 days. You are probably wondering if the TS Kennedy has ever been called into service by the RRF since coming to Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  The answer is, “Yes!” Many of…
  It’s almost unheard of for an employee to ask his boss to let him come to work on his day off.  It just doesn’t happen.  After all, everyone needs time away from their job, right? But that is just what Fabio Samudio did when he learned that the TS Kennedy would be transiting the Panama Canal on January 23rd.  He knew that he just could not stay at home and he certainly wouldn’t be satisfied standing on a viewing platform at the Miraflores Visitor Center and watch the ship cruise past.  You see, not only is Fabio a Panama Canal Pilot who loves his job, he is also the proud father of 1/ Fernando Samudio, a cadet majoring in Marine Transportation at Massachusetts Maritime…
  Even though there have been a few challenges on Sea Term 2020, they cannot begin to compare with what happened in 1958, 1959, 1968, and 1976.  As Captain Campbell always reminds cadets, a career at sea requires patience and flexibility. Check out these cadet stories... Sea Term 1958 “The trip down the coast was cold, and rough seas plagued the forward progress of our ship.  We reached Cape Hatteras without incident, but it was here the fun began. In the midst of howling gale, our engineers lost the plant, and for nine to ten hours we were lying helpless at the mercy of the waves.  Many of the less indoctrinated Third Classmen that sure that this was the last they would see of…
  Ahoy, Followers! I am going to wrap up my posts for Sea Term 2020 with… Little Buc’s Colorful TS Kennedy! Today’s color is…GRAY!  You might say that gray is a very appropriate color for today.  The weather is chilly, the sky is overcast, and the cadets are busy taking tests and cleaning.  That sounds pretty gray to me!  It was quite easy to find gray items on the ship.  Thank you so much for reading my blogs!  It has been great having you join Giles Hopkins, Big Buc, and me aboard the TS Kennedy.  I look forward to seeing you right back here for Sea Term 2021.  Although I am feeling a little “gray” about having saying good-bye to you…the cadets….and my most-favorite…
Hello, Followers - You certainly have great memories! I have received six different emails reminding me that I promised to share the story of how my first Sea Term ended. After all this time at sea, I definitely would have forgotten. I already told you that Sea Term 1984 began in the snow and ended in the snow. That wouldn’t be too surprising if we were returning in February as we are in 2020, but the TS Enterprise was coming home to Buzzards Bay in late March, about a week after the first day of spring. As you can imagine, when your son or daughter has been away for over two months, parents, grandparents, and friends are eager for them to return home. Such was the case in 1984 when a…
Not only is 3rd Safety Rate 1/C Chloe Plank, MTRA (Nantucket, MA) one of my closest friends, but she is also one of the most interesting people I know. Chloe has lived on Nantucket her entire life, having been born in Nantucket Hospital. Her parents always encouraged her interests, notably pottery, music classes, horseback riding, and sailing. Chloe started sailing when she was six, and as she got older, she narrowed down her interests to music and sailing. Tall ships are always brought to Nantucket, and the students of the island are taken sailing as field trips. This was an activity that Chloe always enjoyed. When Chloe was in high school, the tall ship Lynx partnered up with her…