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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 Jack Mignault, a Marine Engineering major from South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.  He attended Joseph DeMello Elementary School, Dartmouth Middle School, and Dartmouth High School. According to his mom, Jack has always loved the water, beach baby.  He loved to look for crabs and began fishing at the age of four. Jack grew up on boats and has spent many days on the Cape Cod Canal and Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven - in his stroller, on his bike, and on his skateboard.  Also, many days were spent fishing off his dad’s boat.  Jack has always loved fishing.  Some of his friends own boats.  He has been lucky to live very close to the water and enjoys going out.  He recently watched…
  Ahoy, Mates! As the TS Kennedy cruises towards Tampa, I am thinking about Captain Carolyn Kurtz, a Tampa Bay Harbor Pilot. Captain Kurtz is one of just two female pilots in the state of Florida.  She graduate from the United State Merchant Marine Academy, located in Kings Point, New York. If you’ve been participating in the Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Program for a few years, you’ll remember that in 2018, Massachusetts Maritime Academy welcomed cadets from the USMMA aboard the TS Kennedy. Captain Kurtz has been a harbor pilot for over two decades.  Before becoming a Tampa Bay Harbor Pilot, Captain Kurtz worked as a Third Mate, Second Mate, and a Chief Mate, mostly…
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…
Thanks to Blogger Heather & Blogger Jack for these great photos!      
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.
The other day, I joined 1/C Beatriz Martins, MTRA (Orange, CT) in the aft navigation lab to discuss her accomplishments as a fearless female onboard the T.S. Kennedy. Beatriz is in charge of Division 2 onboard the ship. She, along with the other division leaders, are under the Cadet Chief Mate, 1/C Devon Campbell. Beatriz was born in Lisbon, Portugal and is fluent in Portuguese. She moved to the United States when she was seven, and gained citizenship last year. Beatriz grew up on the coast, and she was always fascinated by the water. However, she did not have any experience on boats. It was not until she attended the Sea, Science, and Leadership Program (SSLP) at Massachusetts Maritime…
  Meet 1/C Thomas Gallagher, a Marine Transportation major from North Branford, Connecticut.  Cadet Gallagher attended Jerome Harrison Elementary School, Totoket Valley Elementary School, and North Branford Intermediate School.  He graduated from The Sound School in New Haven, Connecticut.  Meet 1/C Thomas Gallagher, a Marine Transportation major from North Branford, Connecticut.  Cadet Gallagher attended Jerome Harrison Elementary School, Totoket Valley Elementary School, and North Branford Intermediate School.  He graduated from The Sound School in New Haven, Connecticut.  Cadet Gallagher has served as a 3rd Lifeboat Rate throughout Sea Term 2020.  Before heading down to the Mess…
Ahoy, Followers – It’s Tuesday, so it must be time to talk about canals - the Cape Cod Canal, to be exact.  As much as I loved transiting the Panama Canal, I long to be back by the canal that the TS Kennedy calls home.  I’ve taught you about the history of the Cape Cod Canal and posted photos of its construction.  Last week, I shared a video of a cruise ship traveling though the Cape Cod Canal and passing by Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  The video that I’d like to share with you today was taken from a sailboat that traveled through the Cape Cod Canal in 1927.  That was ninety-three years ago!  You may decide to watch the video twice so that you won’t miss any of the details. …