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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!

  Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  Giles Hopkins:  What cheer, Followers?  What cheer, Little Buc!  I am happy to announce that I have discovered another Mayflower connection aboard the TS Kennedy!  Little Buc:  Another connection?  I can’t believe it! Giles Hopkins:  I ran into 4/C Cadet Kyle Knowlton in the Computer Lab last night.  He told me that he is a descendant of Richard More on his grandfather’s side.  He even received a letter from the Society Of Mayflower Descendants.  Little Buc:  I know Cadet Knowlton!  He’s a Marine Engineering major from Amesbury, Massachusetts.  He attended Amesbury Elementary School and Amesbury Middle School in his hometown. …
Good morning, Followers – Soon, the TS Kennedy will be bound for Willemstad, Curacao.   I am up very early to answer a few of the questions that have piled up on my desk.  As I have previously mentioned, I am not the only one that enjoys your emails.  Cadets and crew members who stop by my office for a meeting often ask if anything new has arrived from our Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience participants.  Seeing your letters, drawings, and work samples remind them of their favorite siblings, children, grandchildren, nieces, or nephews back home.  Before I get to the questions, I want to thank two classes that shared photos of their Costa Rica Day celebrations on Friday – one…
  Charlestown, Rhode Island native, 1/C Mariah Jeffries, is leading the way in her position of 3rd Outside Rate for Sea Term 2020.  This Marine Engineering major received her academic start at Richmond Elementary School, The Compass School, and Chariho Regional High School.  Mariah is eager to inspire Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience participants – especially those from “The Ocean State”.  Mariah is also the ideal role model for girls who dream about a hands-on career that allows them to see the world while applying their science and mathematics skills. What are the responsibilities of a 3rd Outside Rate?  “I am responsible for maintaining auxiliary equipment and piping…
Meet 4/C Brendan Bouressa, a Marine Transportation major from Marshfield, Massachusetts.  He received his academic start at South River Elementary School, Furnace Brook Middle School, and Marshfield High School.   Brendan has grown up on the side of the South River and spent his entire life loving the water. He loves every aspect of it from the sun rising over the ocean or river in the morning to watching the tide empty.  He cherished watching the ocean fill the marsh near his home and preparing for the damage of a storm surge.  His hobbies included kayaking, surfing and fishing.    When Brendan was old enough to sit in a kayak on his dad’s lap he started loving boats. He would spend…
  3/C Ben Temple's fan club, the first graders at Henry E. Warren School in Ashland, Massachusetts, joined him in Costa Rica on Friday.  Well, they almost did.   The students celebrated Costa Rica Day by learning Spanish, making the flag of Costa Rica, eating tropical fruit, learning about the rain forest, and erupting a volcano. Their teacher is Cadet Temple's mom, and the President of his fan club - a title she's proudly held since he was born in 1999. Hopefully, Cadet Temple had as much fun as the first graders did! Everyone aboard the TS Kennedy hopes that the students join them in Curacao on Friday.        
  Thank you to Heather Gaughan , Jack Gerrior, and all of the parents that contributed  to this gallery. Let’s do it again next week!      
  4/C Elliot Currier achieved a milestone this weekend - one that many men and women in the world of sport fishing just dream about.  This Marine Engineering major from East Sandwich, Massachusetts reeled in a roosterfish, one of the strongest marine species in the ocean.   It's easy to see why the roosterfish got its name. The start of its dorsal fin is made up of seven long, sharp spines that resemble a rooster’s comb.  These seven spines are followed by one short spine and twenty-eight rays.  As you might expect, this unique dorsal fin isn’t just for show.  It serves as a secret weapon.  The “comb” is usually folded down and rests in a deep groove on the back of the roosterfish. …
  Here are some beautiful photographs that Heather Shared from a hike that she took in Panama.    
Even though the cadets aboard the TS Kennedy are enjoying Sea Term 2020 to the fullest, they still sometimes miss the faces, foods, and comforts that they left behind.  We stopped and asked 4/C Samuel S. Jacobs what he was missing back home.  Here's what he had to say: Name: 4/C Samuel S. Jacobs Major: Marine Transportation Hometown: Pembroke, Massachusetts Elementary School: Bryantville Elementary School Middle School:  Pembroke Middle School High School:  Pembroke High School What Are You Missing Back Home? 1.  my mom and dad – I’ll miss seeing them every weekend. 2.  my church community that I get to see every Sunday 3.  my girlfriend, Katie 4.  my bed at home with a featherbed…
One of the cadets leading the way on the TS Kennedy is 1/C Jason Bociek, a Marine Transportation major who calls Stratford, CT home.  Jason got his academic start at Second Hill Lane Elementary School and Flood Middle School.  He also attended Bunnell High School and Bridgeport Aqua Culture Vocational School.  During Sea Term 2020, Jason is serving as a Training Rate on the TS Kennedy.  He was kind enough to take a few moments out of his busy schedule to answer a few question for our Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience participants. What are the responsibilities of a Training Rate? “I’ll be assisting the Marine Transportation department in training days for Deck students in various…