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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!

Would you like to see a very special plaque on the TS Kennedy’s that few people take time to notice? You'll find this selection from the TS Kennedy's Video Vault very informative.   This 1:05 minute video was created by Blogger Heather Gaughan in January 2019.
Ahoy, Followers! Can you keep a secret?  Are you sure?  Really sure? Do you promise not to tell the secret to your favorite cadet? Before the TS Kennedy departed for Sea Term 2021, Admiral McDonald snuck some very precious cargo onto the ship.   Admiral McDonald is the President of Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  He's the hardest working man I know, and…one of the funniest! When I said good-bye to him in the Mess Deck on campus, Admiral McDonald let me in on a BIG secret.  I was shocked!  After giving Admiral McDonald a high-five with my hook, I ran up the gangway.  Of course,  I was eager to shout the good news from the Helo Deck. I planned to post it on Twitter and Instagram…
  Ahoy, Followers! Do you enjoy puzzles?  I sure do!  Last night, I walked up to the Bridge and discovered the ultimate challenge – decoding the abbreviations on a nautical chart!  For cadets majoring in Marine Transportation, it’s easy!  They’ve taken classes, completed hours of studying, learned from crew members, and stood watch on the Bridge.   For this little pirate, it was a different story!  At first I was full of guesses.  When I saw Co, I immediately shouted out, “Colorado!”  I am pretty sure that I saw a 4/C cadet roll his eyes as he reminded me that Colorado is a landlocked state in the middle of the United States and would not appear on a chart on the TS Kennedy.  After…
The photo below shows both the letters IMO and the 7-digit code displayed on a ship.   Good morning, Followers - Many of you are curious about the number 6621662 that is painted on the side of the TS Kennedy.  Ships are assigned IMO numbers to reduce maritime fraud and increase the safety and security of ships at sea. This is our ship's IMO (International Maritime Organization) Number, a unique 7-digit global identification code.  The TS Kennedy is the only ship in the world that displays 6621662. On many ships, the letters "IMO" will be displayed before the seven digits.  Just in case you haven't noticed the TS Kennedy's IMO number, I will ask Mrs. Franks post some photos to…
If it's Monday, Wednesday or Friday, then it's time for our feature, Safety First.  If you miss a Safety First feature, just scroll back on the homepage and look for words Safety First in the title.  You’ve probably seen extension cords in use at home and at school.  Aboard the TS Kennedy, extension cords are often needed to complete a task that requires electricity.  In their Electrical Training Manual, 1/C cadets are reminded how to safely use an extension cord while working on the ship. Before any extension cord is used, they must be carefully inspected by a cadet or crewmember.  If any tears, chafing, exposed insulated conductors, or damaged cables and receptacles are spotted, the…
  Meet Alex M Leone, a Facilities Engineering major from Newton Massachusetts. Alex attended Horace Mann Elementary School, F.A Day Middle School, and Newton North High School His mom shared, "Alex loves the ocean and it begin when he was so young.  He was always out on friends boats and jet skis.  We eventually bought our own fishing boat so he can enjoy the ocean and fishing for years to come."   She continued, "MMA sounded like a great fit when Alex had heard about the school and knew it was the school for him when he saw the campus.  He can study Engineering and be close to the ocean while doing it."        
Let's travel back to 2017 to hear a cadet explain nautical charts.  You will have to listen carefully because the sound quality of our "old" videos may not be as sharp as one created in 2021 would be.  
  Meet 4/C Justin Brown, a Marine Transportation major from Chesapeake, Virginia.  Justin’s mom shared, “Our family has had a boat for many years and we do lots of water sports and fishing.” By choosing a career at sea, Justin is following in the footsteps of both his grandfather and his dad.  Justin’s grandfather spent his career as a Merchant Marine.  Justin’s dad was in the United States Coast Guard and still works in the maritime industry. Once Justin visited the school, he decided that it was the perfect fit for him. After years of listening to his grandfather and father share sea stories, he will finally have stories of his own to share when he returns home next Wednesday…
  My family has had an RV for as long as I remember. I have many memories of taking trips to California, Florida, Louisiana, and every other state in the lower 48. I think those travels when I was young inspired me to want to continue adventuring into adulthood, and there’s no better way to do that then to cruise on a ship. I also have many, many memories of things breaking, and subsequently learning what curse words were when my dad tried to fix them. From cabinets needing new tracks to an entire  generator needing replaced, I’ve realized the extensive knowledge Marine Engineers need to have about making repairs to anything, because out at sea, there’s no Home Depot. I got a glimpse…
Happy Tuesday my friends,   It is Tuesday, right?  Believe it not, that's an everyday question around here. Especially during watch cycle. Our days blend together since we work on a 24 hour schedule, rather than a 12 hours schedule the way it is for most landlubbers. I'm pretty this post sure that blogging is the reason I'm keeping track of the week...someone has to!   Fight Night was a success, and I can tell you the kids put on quite a show. Each round was best out of five- the first person to be knocked off their pedestal lost their round. Some of them went quickly, while others gave us a thrill. I was lucky enough to sit at the judges bench, where I was accompanied by Ben and Toby…