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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!

  Good morning, Followers - It is an honor to be serving as the Captain of the TS Kennedy on the Academy's milestone birthday.   It looks like my wife and our three youngest children are celebrating back in Narraganset, Rhode Island.  They may be having birthday cake for breakfast this morning.  Don't let the sign on the right confuse you.  It is the Academy's 130th birthday, not mine.   We won't be missing out on birthday cake aboard the TS Kennedy. Chartwells has made a cake for all of us to enjoy with our dinner. On Saturday, the TS Kennedy will be in anchorage off of Miami, Florida.  A small boat will deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to the ship. This will be a  great…
Whether instructing cadets on the Bridge, out on deck, way down below in the Bow Thruster Machinery Space, or in a classroom, Marine Transportation Professor Timothy C. Brady continuously stresses the importance of staying safe.  Commander Brady is a graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  He also received an advanced degree from Cambridge College.  Before returning to the Academy, Commander Brady spent years working at sea.  He holds a Master Mariner Unlimited Tonnage license.  This is the highest level of professional qualification for mariners and deck officers.  The word Unlimited explains that there is no limit to the tonnage or power of the vessel that he may command.  He may…
Are you wondering what a "Y Gate" is? Also called a "Gated Wye", this valve divides one stream of water into two.   There are five Damage Control Lockers aboard the TS Kennedy.  These lockers which contain the equipment used by emergency squads in the event of an emergency are sometime called Fireman’s Outfit Lockers or Emergency Squad Lockers.  An inventory control sheet is posted inside each locker.  Each locker contains:   3      Fireman’s Helmet 3      Fireman’s Jacket 3      Fireman’s Pants 3      Fireman’s Boots 3      Fireman’s Gloves (stored in jacket pockets) 3      Flash Hoods (stored in jacket pockets) 3      Flashlight/Lantern (stored in jacket pockets) 3      Fire…
Meet 4/C Jack Dyan, a Marine Engineering major from Norwell, Massachusetts.  He attended Cole Elementary School, Norwell Middle School, and Norwell High School.  Jack has always loved the outdoors.  He began fishing when he was very young.  Two of his favorite pastimes are boating and fishing for stripers off of the Spit in Scituate. Jack chose Massachusetts Maritime Academy because he wanted the discipline and structure of the regiment, as well as the promising opportunities after graduation. Pursuing a degree in Marine Engineering was the perfect choice because he enjoys working with his hands. Jack is having a great time as he learns at sea.      
What is cofferdam?  Climb down into the TS Kennedy’s Engine Room to hear a cadet explain its definition and provide examples. You'll find this selection from the TS Kennedy's Video Vault very informative.  Middle school followers, high school followers, and adults may enjoy continuing this lesson.  Click on the link below to read the article, What Is Cofferdam On Ships? https://www.marineinsight.com/naval-architecture/what-is-cofferdam-on-ships This 37-second video was created by Blogger Heather Gaughan in January 2019.  
  Happy 130th Birthday, Massachusetts Maritime Academy!   Here’s to 130 more! Cheers to you, MMA!  
LT. Kurt DiCicco loves sharing his knowledge with cadets aboard the TS Kennedy. Check out these facts about the oil spill. The cadets have been at sea for twelve days without a port stop.  Many of our K-12 followers have commented that this is a “long time” to be out on the ocean.  LT. Kurt DiCicco would disagree.  Before LT. DiCicco became an Assistant Marine Transportation Professor at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, he had an exciting career at sea.  I asked LT. DiCicco to tell our Followers about one of the longest stretches of time that he spent working on a ship. He proudly recalled, “When the Exxon spill happened, I had a job on the first American oil spill skimmer.  We…
Another calm and beautiful day here off the coast of Cuba. We're still due to arrive in Miami on Saturday, but since that's so much time to go so little distance, we dropped our speed so we aren't too early. I spent another day up on the Bridge doing the 8-12 watch, and the 1/C cadets have been teaching me some pretty cool things!   Faster Speed = Faster Steering When at the helm, you are given a course to follow, and if you deviate from that course at all, you need to turn the wheel to compensate. What I've learned however, is that when the ship is moving faster through the water, it's much easier to steer.  At full sea speed, it's relatively easy to get back on your course if you get…
Good morning, Followers - Each year, I receive emails from students, teachers, and even some grandparents of cadets asking if I am getting enough sleep.  This year, people are especially concerned because they know that the ship will not be making any port stops.  They fear that I will be working on the Bridge for three weeks straight. There is no need to worry.  I am getting plenty of sleep.  At all times, there are cadets on the Bridge, supervised by a crew member.  Because this is a training ship, cadets are given an opportunity to participate in all aspects of navigation. My room is just one deck below the Bridge.  There is a sound powered telephone by my bed that can wake me…
  Ahoy, Followers! Cadets aboard the TS Kennedy are expected to use proper maritime phraseology at all times.  Would you like to learn to talk like a cadet?  Here's your first lesson! deck: floor beam: width dogs: latches galley: kitchen gangway: ramp head: toilet ladders: stairs line: rope overhead: ceiling scuppers: drains Want to feel like you're cruising aboard the TS Kennedy?  Try incorporating these ten vocabulary words into your conversations today. Your green linguist at sea, Little Buc