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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!

  It was a bittersweet moment as cadets aboard the TS Kennedy said good-bye to the cadets from Panama Maritime Academy who had cruised aboard the TS Kennedy. In a short time, they made friends as they learned alongside our cadets. Thank you for welcoming us to your beautiful country.        
  Here's the energetic photographer responsible for these photos...Heather! Thanks for the memories, Panama Canal!    
Are you noticing that some of our blogs are being posted out of order?  It’s a little confusing, right?  We agree!  Sometime, satellites and the cyber universe make things a little challenging for our cadet bloggers…the person back on shore who posts them…and you, our followers!  Thanks for understanding! Here is Heather’s awesome blog about her first day in Costa Rica.  The photos were posted a few days ago. Getting Accustomed To Customs I was so excited arrive in Golfito, Costa Rica. Costa Rica hosts one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the entire world. It is also the sport-fishing capital of the world. Golfito is on the Pacific side of the country, which had special significance…
  Rock on, Heather! Thanks for these photos from your rock climbing adventure in Costa Rica!      
  Weather With Heather Weather Maps Information provided by Captain Belle Perhaps no weather-related topic is more visible than the maps produced by the various weather services worldwide. These are the maps you see every night on the evening news, the ones ships use every day to check conditions where they’re headed, and the lesser-seen maps that let you know where the weather is going to move, even without looking at a forecast. For ships, the services that provide these maps and other forecasts include the National Weather Service (NWS), the Ocean Prediction Center (OPC), and the National Hurricane Center (NHC)—all subordinates of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric…
  Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  Giles Hopkins:  Good Morrow, Followers!  Good Morrow, Little Buc!  Little Buc: I saw you on the Bridge Deck last night.  You seemed captivated by the cadets measuring the angular distance between two visible objects.    Giles Hopkins:  I certainly was!  As I watched the cadets use their sextants to take readings, I was thinking that Master Jones and his crew missed out on using this navigational tool.   Little Buc: That’s right!  The sextant was invented almost simultaneously by John Hadley in England and by Thomas Godfrey in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1731.  It wasn’t exactly like the modern sextant that the cadets use today,…
  Ahoy, Followers – Due to some technical difficulties aboard the ship, I am late in posting my regular Wednesday Women At Sea feature.  I can’t complain if the satellite isn’t functioning for a day or two, right?  My pirate ancestors had no communication with their friends and family members back home.   I am excited that my Woman At Sea feature has many fans.  Last week, I received an email from one student suggesting that I go way, way back and introduce our followers to Anna Shchetinina.  I must admit, my immediate response was, “Anna, who?”  I had never heard of her.  I immediately went right to work, conducting research.  Lots and lots of research!  Before the week was over I…
Thursday, February 6, 2020 Good Morning, Followers – Since today is Thursday, I thought that it would be a good day to talk about Captain’s Inspections.  They take place every Thursday evening.  Although the cadets have their holds inspected daily by their Hold Captains and Division Leaders, the inspections that take place tonight have even more at stake.  Since there are many holds to inspect, I do not visit each one personally.  I am assisted by members of what we call COMCAD.  COMCAD stands for the Commandant Of Cadets.  Aboard the TS Kennedy, COMCAD oversees the day-to-day management of the cadets and everything related to their shipboard life.  COMCAD makes sure that the high…
  1/C John Nackashian, who much prefers to be called Jack, is leading the way during Sea Term 2020 in his position of Cadet 1st Assistant Engineer.  This Marine Engineering major is a resident of Marion, Massachusetts received his academic foundation at Sippican Elementary School and Old Rochester Regional Junior High.  He is a graduate of Old Rochester Regional Senior High.  Jack found time to answer a few questions for us.  What are the responsibilities of a Cadet 1st Assistant Engineer? “Serving under the Cadet Chief Engineer, myself and the three other Cadet 1st Assistants are second in charge of the students of the engineering department while on Sea Term. An Assistant Cadet…