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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!

  Meet 4/C Quinten O'Brien Fletcher, a Marine Engineering major from Lincoln, Rhode Island.  Quentin received his academic foundation from Lonsdale Elementary School, Lincoln Middle School, and Lincoln High School. Quentin’s dad has always been involved in bass and tuna fishing clubs, so it is no surprise that Quinten started to show an interest in boats at a very early age.  He was eager to work on his dad’s fishing boat and learn about the engine. His mom recalls times when her husband’s friends would invite just Quinten out for day trips.  When Quinten was inducted into the honor society in the eighth grade, he walked across the stage and stated that his career path would be as…
Meet 3/C Eli Langlois, a Marine Engineering major from Harwich, Massachusetts.  Because he was taking a winter class in 2019, this will Eli’s first Sea Term.   Eli grew up in his hometown of Harwich but went to school in nearby Chatham through middle school.  Then attended Cape Cod Technical High School in Harwich for Auto Tech Trade.   In the Chatham community which he grew up with many friends who loved to go fishing and swimming with. Eli’s dad had a boat. The pair di a lot of fishing together.  Eli always welcomed the opportunity to drive the boat.        
This painting is called, The Mayflower And Speedwell In Dartmouth Harbor.  It was painted by Leslie Wilcox in 1971. This painting is called, Embarkation Of The Pilgrims.  It was painted by Robert W. Weir in 1844.The Pilgrims are praying on the deck of the Speedwell before leaving Holland in July 1620.  William Brewster is holding the Bible. This painting hangs in the U.S. Capital Building Rotunda in Washington, DC.  It measures 12 feet x 18 feet. This is a key to the painting, Embarkation Of The Pilgrims.  The Pilgrims in the painting are identified by name. Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  As I type this blog, cadets are boarding the TS Kennedy for Sea Term 2020!  If you…
Leading the way from Hanover, Massachusetts is 1/C Meghan Sullivan, a Marine Engineering major who holds the position of Regimental Training Ship Commander for Sea Term 2020.  Meghan attended Center/ Sylvester School and Hanover Middle School. She is a graduate of Notre Dame Academy.  We caught up with Cadet Sullivan last week, as she prepared for cadets reported to the ship.  She was aware of the enormous responsibility of her position and excited about the challenge ahead.  Cadet Sullivan was happy to take a break and share information about her leadership position with Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience participants. What are your responsibilities as Regimental Training Ship…
  If you’ve ever had to pack a suitcase for a sleepover, camp, or a family vacation, you know how challenging it can be to decide what to bring with you.  And of course, what not to bring along.  Fortunately, Massachusetts Maritime Academy made things a little easier for cadets going on Sea Term 2020 by providing a packing list.  The required uniform items were: black shirts, black trousers, an officers jacket, black garrison caps, a black web belt with buckle, two boiler suits (one with short sleeves and one with long sleeves), an MMA baseball cap, MMA gym shirts, a hard hat, black leather shoes, black safety boots, gym shoes, shower shoes, eight or more pairs of underwear,…
  Sunday, January 5, 2020 Hello to all of our Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience participants - While it is still rather quiet on the Bridge, I want to write my first post to the Captain's Log for Sea Term 2020.   Things are about to get very hectic aboard the TS Kennedy!  1/C cadets (seniors) in leadership positions, called Rates, arrived on Saturday.  Their help will be critical when the rest of the cadets arrive tomorrow Tomorrow, Monday, January 6th, all of the cadets will board the ship for what we refer to as Alongside Week.  They will each be carrying a large sea bag, similar to an oversized duffle bag that sports players use.  The sea bags will be packed with all of…