Map Icon

All Blog!

 

Climb aboard the 540-foot TS Kennedy for Sea Term 2021!  Thanks to cadet blogs, the Captain’s Log, photographs, videos, special features, and a unique hands-on curriculum, you will virtually travel with Massachusetts Maritime 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 or cruises down New York’s East River and passes the Statue Of Liberty.  For the health and safety of the cadets and crew aboard the TS Kennedy, the ship will not be making any port stops during Sea Term 2021. 

This non-stop adventure begins on Saturday, May 29th when the ship departs Buzzards Bay.  The TS Kennedy is scheduled to return on Wednesday, June 23rd.  There will be posts each day – even on weekends. 

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

  Hello, Followers - Yesterday, Mrs. Franks shared some photos with me that she had received from Mrs. Lydell, a fifth grade teacher in Jamestown, New York.  Four of the photos showed students solving word problems about lifeboats and shipping containers. The activities are part of the Follow The Voyage - Share The Experience curriculum.  Two other photos showed students sitting outside reading a cadet blog on their laptops.  I will ask Mrs. Franks to post the photos so that you can see them too. The fifth grade students are following the advice that I have been giving cadets aboard the TS Kennedy.  With just a week left of Sea Term 2021, I have been encouraging cadets to, "Finish…
Would you like to see how the TS Kennedy’s fire party prepares to fight shipboard fires? You'll find these two selections from the TS Kennedy's Video Vault very informative.   These two videos (41 seconds and 24 seconds) were created by Blogger Heather Gaughan in January 2019.
Although Fran Collins is at home for Sea Term 2021, his thoughts are with the cadets aboard the TS Kennedy.  Fran works as a laboratory technician in the Engineering Department at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  He enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with the next generation of mariners.   I have had the pleasure of cruising with Fran Collins on previous Sea Terms.  I couldn't resist asking him to tell us about his longest cruise at sea.   "I have made many non-stop voyages of thirty to thirty-three days," Fran recalled, "but the longest time spent aboard ship was back in 1965. "   ​​​​ "I was the 2nd Assistant Engineer aboard the SS African Neptune. We sailed from Beaumont,…
Mariners once believed that anyone aboard who trimmed their nails, cut their hair, or shaved their beard brought bad luck to the ship.  Sounds like they might have just wanted to ignore good grooming habits while at sea, doesn’t it? Most people, if not all, toss nail trimmings and hair in the trash.  Romans believed that nail and hair cuttings should be offerings to Proserpina, the Roman Goddess Of The Underworld.  Not really the type of gift you’d like to receive, is it?  Mariners thought that Neptune, the God Of The Sea, would be angry if offerings meant for Proserpina were made in his domain.  The results would be stormy seas. It’s safe to say that Captain Campbell and his cadets…
Looks like Evan was destined to be a Buc!   Meet Evan Marwill, a Facilities Engineering major from Hingham, Massachusetts.  Evan attended Foster Elementary, Hingham Middle School and Hingham High School.  Evan's proud mom explained, "Hingham is a seaside town and it's our family belief that every member of the family should know how to swim and sail.  Fishing is a favorite water sport!" Evan's uncle, Clayton F. English, graduated from MMA in 1996. That's Evan giving the peace sign.  He's boating with his grandfather, Bill English. That's Evan in the sailor suit at age 9.      
For the past four summers, I've worked in a restaurant as a busser. I took plates, cups, and silverware off the tables and brought them straight to the dish pit. There would be some nights where we would be so packed and I would work so face paced, I just threw all my dishes down without thinking about it. I've found a new appreciation for my dishwashers back home today, as for one day on the TS Kennedy, I was on Scullery.   Scullery is a job all 4/C cadets are put on at least once.  For a full day, you are in charge of all the dishes for the Mess Deck, Crew Mess, and kitchen. Over 700 plates, cups, spoons, forks, and knives flow through once place. It's a pretty simple process - you…
  "There is not a thing that is more positive than bread."  - Fyodor Dostoevsky Are you picturing cadets on Sea Term 2021 making their sandwiches with slices of spongy, white Wonder Bread?  Think again!  The bread that cadets eat at breakfast, lunch, and dinner is fresh.  That's right - baked the previous night by the TS Kennedy's beloved Juvi.   Juvi uses a Berkel Countertop Bread Slicer to turn his crusty loaves into uniform slices.  Perfect for morning toast, a legendary PB&J at lunch, or for soaking up sauce or gravy at dinner! As you can imagine, Juvi's bread is in such high demand, sometimes it doesn't last until the end of the day.  Don't worry!  Chartwells did bring…
  In addition to seeing "a moon over Miami" (that’s a reference to the 1941 film starring Betty Grable), the cadets saw a beautiful rainbow as well.  Here are a few photos showing life aboard the TS Kennedy this weekend. Farewell, Miami! Now, it’s on to New York City! Lady Liberty, the TS Kennedy and the cadets are coming for you!        
Good morning, Followers- The cadets and crew enjoyed being off the coast of Miami, Florida over the weekend.  Chartwells received their fresh provisions.  Although all of our cadets have experience loading cargo onto the TS Kennedy when she is at the dock, most had never seen cargo being taken on while at anchor.    The TS Kennedy is heading north.  Next weekend, we will be cruising the East River in New York City.  Heading north on a typical Sea Term, usually means a return to cold winter weather.  This year is different.  Since we are returning in June, rather than February, we do not need to brace ourselves for a drastic temperature change.  I received an email asking if we are…
  Happy Flag Day, Followers! When I posted photos of myself in red, white, and blue locations throughout the TS Kennedy on Memorial Day, several people suggested that I do the same on Flag Day. This weekend, with the help of the cadets, I found more patriotic locations.  Here they are! Your flag-loving pirate, Little Buc