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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:  Good Morrow, Followers!  Good Morrow, Little Buc!  Little Buc:  Tomorrow is not only the day that we reach our final port, it’s also Valentine’s Day!  Was Valentine’s Day celebrated in England in the 1600s? Giles Hopkins:  It is highly unlikely that the Pilgrims would have celebrated Valentine’s Day or any holiday except the Sabbath.  I do know that the modern origins of Valentine's Day come from England. Have you ever read Geoffrey Chaucer’s poem, Parlement of Foules, written way back in 1382?  For this was on Seynt Valentynes day, Whan every foul cometh ther to chese his make, Of every kinde, that men thynke…
  Ahoy, Ye Matey! Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day!  You are probably looking forward to exchanging Valentine cards with family members or classmates.  I plan on giving cards to my favorite Valentines; Little Buc, Giles Hopkins, and the man who gets us where we are going - Captain Campbell.  Today, I’d like to introduce you to a special gift that sailors brought back to their loved ones after long voyages at sea.  This intricate masterpiece was called a Sailor’s Valentine.  They were first created between 1830 and 1890.  If you’re thinking that a Sailor’s Valentine was similar to the red and pink cards that you’ll exchange tomorrow, think again!  To create a Sailor’s Valentine at…
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…
Meet 1/C Andrew Vinitsky, a Marine Engineering major from Mashpee, Massachusetts.  Andrew attended KC Coombs School, Quashnet Middle School, and Mashpee Middle-High School.  During Sea Term 2020, Andrew is leading the way in his position of 2nd Outside Rate aboard the TS Kennedy.  While taking a break in the Mess Deck, Andrew agreed to answer a few questions. What are you’re the responsibilities of a 2nd Outside Rate? “Leading a crew of people to fix what needs to be fixed.” What previous experiences on the TS Kennedy prepared you for this position?  “Working with outsides rates during both my freshman and sophomore Sea Terms.” What do you most enjoy about this leadership position? “…
Meet 4/C Finn Lundy, a Marine Transportation major from historic Plymouth, Massachusetts.  He attended Manomet Elementary School, Plymouth Community Intermediate School, and Plymouth North High School.   Because his family lives near the beach, Finn was brought up on the ocean. His dad runs a sport fishing charter business so Finn grew up fishing and driving his dad’s boat.  When he was just twelve years old, Finn got his boat license.      
    Thursday, February 13, 2020 Good Morning, Followers – Excitement is building as we near our final port.  This week, we are pleased to have two special guests on board Captain Brigid Pavilonis and Mr. Tom Piascik.  Captain Pavilonis is the Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs. She joined the Academy in July after an impressive career at the United States Coast Guard Academy.  During her time on the ship, Captain Pavilonis has been attending classes, talking with cadets, and observing day-to-day shipboard life.  Tom Piascik is the Regional Director of Chartwells Higher Education.  As you know, Chartwells is the company that provides delicious meals for Massachusetts…
Seal of Approval Mechanical Split Seal I’ll admit that I’m not the most mechanically-inclined person, but the majority of my friends aboard the TS Kennedy are. When 3/C Colleen Weir, MENG, asked me to come down to the Engine Training Space to check out her most recent project, I thought it was a great opportunity to explore more of the engineering aspects of cadets’ training. Colleen was working on taking apart and rebuilding a mechanical split seal. What’s a mechanical split seal you may ask? Here’s a general overview:     Mechanical seals are used to prevent any water from flowing out of the hole in the pump casing where the shaft goes in. Without them, the fluid being…
2nd Assistant Engineer Dave Maccini (left) congratulates First Assistant Engineer Christian Teague (right) Christian visited his dad on the ship in January 2019.  One year later, he is ready to be a big brother.   He’s Having A Baby! Reflections on Family with Christian Teague I spent a good part of my afternoon with the TS Kennedy’s 1st Assistant Engineer, Christian Teague, and we discussed his growing family. Christian and his wife, Rebecca Romo, are expecting a beautiful baby girl. Christian will actually be departing the TS Kennedy in Curacao as Rebecca’s due date is fast approaching. This is their first daughter, and her name will be Magnolia Joy; Maggie for short. The…
Cadets were asked to pack a variety of items for Sea Term 2018.  The list provided to the cadets included sunscreen, insect repellent, soap, shampoo, and foot powder.  One item not on the list?  A black cat!  You probably think that it’s crazy to even mention packing a black cat, right?  Aren’t they thought to bring bad luck?  And Captain Campbell wouldn’t allow cadets to bring cats on board the TS Kennedy, would he? British and Irish sailors once believed that bringing a black cat on a ship would bring good luck to the vessel and those that sailed on it.  When you look at this superstition with a practical eye, it does make sense.  Most ships that transported grain also carried…