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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!

When you see fishing lines cast off the back of the TS Kennedy, one of them may belong to 1/C Nick Scanzillo, a Marine Engineering major from Marshfield, Massachusetts.  Nick has been fishing for his entire life.  Throughout Sea Term 2020, Nick has served as a Training Rate.      
With just a week left until the TS Kennedy reaches Taylors Point, 4/C Braden S. Killens has a list of things that he is has missed while at sea. Hometown: Marshfield, Massachusetts Major: Facilities Engineering Elementary School: Daniel Webster Elementary School Middle School: Furnace Brook Middle School High School:  Marshfield High School What Are You Missing Back Home? 1. seeing my family on weekends 2. going snowboarding 3. being able to watch sports 4. being able to get the different foods that I like 5. getting ready for baseball season 6. my girlfriend   4/C Patrick Brown doesn't hesitate when asked what he has missed at home during Sea Term 2020.  Here's what is on his…
Click on the link below to access Valentine's Day Wishes From The TS Kennedy.   https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1urV7nYGIRLLSj1i-NjWJ7mSy-PCSN5Rh?usp=sharing    
As cadets waited to have liberty granted in the TS Kennedy’s final port of Sea Term 2020, they talked about the faces, foods, and comforts that were left behind.  We stopped and asked 4/C Christopher R. Fagnant what he was missing back home.  Here's what he had to say:   Name: 4/C Christopher R. Fagnant Major: Marine Engineering Hometown: Sandwich, Massachusetts Elementary School: Henry T. Wing School Middle School:  Henry T. Wing School/Sandwich STEM Academy High School:  Sandwich High School   What Are You Missing Back Home? 1.  getting ready for my sister Jessica’s birthday on February twenty-third, the day the ship returns 2.  my family and my dog, Miya 3.  the freedom of driving…
Content Meet 1/C Gabe Marks, a Marine Transportation major from Byfield, Massachusetts, a village in the town of Newbury.  While cruising solo through the sapphire blue ocean off the coast of the Virgin Islands, eleven years old Gabe Marks first felt the pride and freedom of being the Captain of his own ship.    Could this have been the moment when he decided to pursue a degree in Marine Transportation at Massachusetts Maritime Academy? During Sea Term 2020, he is serving as a Cadet Navigator.    
Weather with Heather: Tropical Storms Information Provided by Captain Belle; Edited by 1/C Evan Bowen When I heard that Captain Belle was training the seniors in tropical storms, I jumped at the opportunity to learn from him. Captain Belle is definitely the most knowledgeable person onboard the ship when it comes to meteorology, as he teaches that class back at school. Tropical storms were of special interest to me after seeing the effects of Hurricane Erma in Tortola. A tropical storm is a warm-core, non-frontal low-pressure system, differentiating it from the frontal systems that drive our weather on shore. They develop over warm tropical waters which fuel the convective systems which…
      Ahoy, Followers! Not only is it Thursday and time for Little Buc’s Colorful TS Kennedy, it is also Valentine’s Day! I am sure that you have already guessed our color of the week.  That’s right, it is RED! I felt like cupid yesterday as I scampered around the ship hunting for anything red.  By now, you have seen hundreds of photographs taken on the ship, so some of these red items may be familiar to you.  Here’s what I discovered… That’s a lot of red!  Wishing you a happy Valentine’s Day!  XOXOXO Your Valentine on the TS Kennedy, Little Buc The Engine Room is RED HOT in honor of Valentine's Day! Someone needs to tell the Engine Room that today is Valentine's…
Do you like to hum, sing, or whistle while you are doing a chore?   It seems to make a tedious job pass more quickly, doesn’t it?  Snow White and the seven dwarfs even sang about it. “Just whistle while you work And cheerfully together we can tidy up the place So hum a merry tune It won't take long when there's a song to help you set the pace.” Well, there’s one place where it’s believed to be unlucky to whistle.  On a ship at sea!  With all of the tasks that need to be done aboard a ship, you might think that whistling would be encouraged.  Think again! Sailors once thought that whistling would be challenging the wind.  This, they insisted, would make the wind angry and result in a…
  Happy Valentine’s Day!  Of course, Valentine’s Day has us thinking about hearts...and hearts have us thinking about AEDs. AED stands for Automated External Defibrillator. If a person’s heartbeat becomes irregular, too fast, or too slow, an AED can apply electricity to help the heart establish an effective rhythm. The portable defibrillator has something in common with the TS Kennedy.  Its age!  The portable defibrillator was invented in the mid-1960s by a man named Frank Pantridge.  He was from Belfast, Northern Ireland. AEDs can be found throughout the TS Kennedy.  They are standing by on the Bridge, in the gym, on the Quarter deck, in the Crew Mess Deck, and in the After House…