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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!

Warship On Radar   Making Future Plans  At the 1600 Commandant’s meeting held in the ship’s conference room, Captain Rozak communicated the details approaching events that will occur as we near ever closer to our arrival date in Buzzards Bay. On Field Day, which is scheduled for this upcoming Saturday, each of the ship’s public spaces will be systematically cleaned out and then closed off from further use (library, weight room, computer lab, etc.). The cadets will man the rails in their classroom black uniforms and officer jackets at 0800 on Sunday morning during the transit through the Cape Cod Canal. Our official arrival time at Massachusetts Maritime Academy is currently set…
  Benjamin Franklin's Gulf Stream Map    Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  Giles Hopkins:  Good Morrow, Followers!  Good Morrow, Little Buc!  Little Buc:  Well, we’re on our way home!  The Gulf Stream will be helping us out as we head north.  The Gulf Stream is a strong, warm ocean current.  It begins in the Gulf of Mexico and flows around the tip of Florida, into the Atlantic Ocean, and north along the eastern coast of the United States. The Gulf Stream flows extremely fast.  I overheard a cadet say that it about three hundred times faster than the Amazon River!  Now that’s what I call fast.  Depending on the weather, Captain Campbell may navigate the TS Kennedy…
  Ahoy, Ye Matey! It’s our Final Nautical Idiom Tuesday!  Seven weeks sure have gone by fast!  Thanks to all of the teachers who emailed to let me know how much they enjoyed having an opportunity to incorporate Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience into their language arts and reading lessons. Let’s review our previous eleven idioms.  1.   all hands:  everyone 2.   anchors aweigh: raise the anchor 3.   learn the ropes: learn all of the skills necessary to perform a task 4.   pipe down:  be quiet 5.  ship shape: neat, tidy, and well-organized 6.  tight ship: well-managed 7.  in the same boat: facing a shared problem 8.  batten down the hatches: prepare for a challenging situation…
  Good morning, Followers – Last night, I received an email from LCDR Chris Hooper, from Air Station Miami in Opa Locka, Florida.  Earlier in the day, Chris had flown over the TS Kennedy as we made our way up the coast of Florida.  He included two great photos that are being circulated both here on the ship and back on campus.  Although we’ve had talented photographers take drone footage of our ship departing Buzzards and transiting the Cape Cod Canal, this may be the first time the TS Kennedy has been photographed from the air while she was at sea.  Chris’s email was especially appreciated because he was a 2007 graduate of the Academy.  After seeing the helicopter fly over the…
Due to some technical difficulties aboard the ship, this blog is being posted several days late.  Thank you for your patience. “O’ God, that sea is so great and my boat is so small.” (from the Hardhat of 2/C Balyozian)   The Florida Aquarium  On the final day of liberty in the port of Tampa Bay, Florida, a number of the cadets elected to visit the Florida Aquarium situated in the heart of the city. From the shuttle bus drop-off point in Ybor City, a free trolley, with its striking wooden interior and reversible seats, could be ridden into Tampa. Scattered all throughout Ybor were city-protected chickens that are considered to be a hallmark of the area and roam free all over the urban…
Bow Mooring Stations Onward to Buzzards Bay At 0715, the cadets assigned to mooring stations gathered together on the Quarterdeck for a muster before dispersing to the bow and stern of the ship in preparation for our send off from Berthing 150 at 0800. Under the supervision of the Chief Mate and Bosun Tom, cadets were able to climb the ladder that leads beneath the weather-deck on the bow to the room in which the anchor wench mechanism is housed; this system is used for raising and lowering the anchor chains as well as for bringing in the mooring lines. After Bosun Tom started up the wench, 1/C Justin Dutari (MTRA – Panama) conducted a Job Safety Analysis (JSA), in which he went over the…
Bridge Watch On The Idle Good-Ship TS Kennedy Due to some technical difficulties aboard the ship, this blog is being posted several days late.  Thank you for your patience. The in-port Deck Watch team mustered this morning at 0715 to assume the duties of the watch until 1130 (and once again between 1930 and 2330) while the TS Kennedy was moored at Berth 150 on Causeway Boulevard in Tampa Bay. From the bow, the city skyline of Tampa can be seen off in the distance. Some of the cadets used their rods and reels to fish from the pier at the break of dawn.   On the Quarterdeck, 4/C Eric Brosnan (MENG – Manchester, CT) completed the Detex routes under the careful supervision of the sophomore-…
  When I say that Massachusetts Maritime Academy graduates are everywhere, it is not an exaggeration.  You’ll find our alumni on land…at sea…and in the air.  Today, as the TS Kennedy cruised off the coast of Miami, cadets on deck were looking up…and a successful MMA graduate from the Class Of 2007, was looking down from above.  It was Lieutenant Commander Chris Hooper from Air Station Miami.  When he returned, LCDR Hooper sent following email to Captain Campbell and included these two stunning photos of the TS Kennedy. Captain Campbell - Hope this email finds you well.  Just wanted to drop you a line and tell you that was me flying the helicopter over the Kennedy today.  Ship is…
  Due to some technical difficulties aboard the ship, this blog is being posted several days late.  Thank you for your patience. “The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men”  At the dawn of a Valentine’s Day morning, maintenance resumed for the cadets in Division I at 0800 as we began to make our approach towards the port of Tampa Bay, Florida. In hold 322, the water fountain was in need of repair due to the fact that gas was escaping from the drain without any clear reason as to why. Hold Captain 3/C Scott Hanson (MENG- Marstons Mills, MA) worked with Outside Rate 1/C Adam Tate (MENG-Taunton, MA) and the other cadets to dissect the mechanism and locate the source of the issue. Among…
  Due to some technical difficulties at sea, this blog is being posted several days late. Paint, And Other Maintenance Happenings With Division II now assigned to maintenance duties, the cadets were strewn about the vessel in groups working on all that is needed for keeping the Kennedy ship-shape. After the morning muster, those that had not been immediately designated to a task assisted Bosun Tom Tucker with the rolling and stowing of the inflatable platform that had been used the day prior for the “Fight Night” event on the Helo-Deck. Once this was brought down to Two Hold, 3/C Jacob Daniels (MTRA) and a 1/C cadet were tasked with giving the after-house portion of the ship near…