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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!

Yesterday, it was made official.  You're invited onto campus to welcome the TS Kennedy back to Taylor's Point at approximately 0915 on Wednesday, June 23rd.    The Academy is thrilled that Governor Baker, LT Governor, Karen Polito, and other state and local dignitaries join us for the festivities.   It's time to start decorating your 130th birthday cake for Massachusetts Maritime Academy!   The families of cadets participating in Sea Term 2021 are hoping to be awarded the second prize that has been added by the Academy's Advancement team - the #10 cadet off of the TS Kennedy on Return Day!  Show your Massachusetts Maritime Academy pride while trying to earn this opportunity to hug…
When you hear "lockout" you may picture yourself standing in the cold outside of your locked house without your key.  You are "locked out" without a way to get in.  The Lockout-Tagout safety procedure aboard the TS Kennedy’s safeguards cadets and crew from the unexpected powering or startup of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy when service or maintenance activities are taking place. The hazardous energy is "locked out" so that repairs can be made safely.   This sign on the Main Deck reminds cadets and crew members of the importance of Lockout-Tagout.    You'll find this selection from the TS Kennedy's Video Vault very informative.   WARNING: The Engine Room…
  Meet 4/C Henry Cooley, a Marine Transportation major from Marshfield, Massachusetts.  Henry attended Steeple School Pre School, Governor Winslow Elementary School, Furnace Brook Middle School, and Marshfield High School. Henry has always loved the ocean, beach, fishing and boating. He has worked as a stern man lobstering out of Green Harbor for the last three years.      
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…
Hello my friends,    I was emailing my cat about the flying fish out here when I realized...Hey! Two weeks left!    We are well into our weird new habits like sleeping between shifts rather than all night, using sunscreen for perfume, and using carbs to get us through the day. Other than being a little stir crazy, constantly tired and lathered in deodorant, we are holding up just fine.    Parents, consider this my only warning. DO NOT share a load of laundry with your cadet's boiler suits. I'm going to do you a favor by sparing the details. Just take my word for it.    Maintenance was a force. We spent 0800-1600 in the Cuban sun doing oil changes. In landlubber language, it's our version…
Shhhhhhh!  Don't tell the TS Kennedy, but there's a new ship creating a buzz at Taylor's Point.  She might be a bit jealous!   Yesterday, I stopped to see American Cruise Line's American Constitution at the dock behind Flannagan Hall.  The American Constitution, a coastal ship was launched in 2018.  The TS Kennedy would consider the three year-old American Constitution a "kid".  After all, when the TS Kennedy was three years old, the year was 1970. The American Constitution has six decks and ninety outside cabins.  Each cabin features a private balcony and a hotel-size bathroom. I'm sure that the cadets wish that this was true of the TS Kennedy.   It was a pleasure to meet the…
Good morning, Followers - A recent email from elementary student asked if I carried a special license in my wallet to prove that I am a Captain. When I am working on a ship, I am required to have my Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) with me. This form of identification is much larger than a driver’s license and cannot be slipped into my wallet. It is the size of a traditional passport and features the seal of the United States on the cover. The MMC has a reddish-maroon cover to avoid any confusion with passports. It is issued by the United States Coast Guard in accordance with the International Convention of Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).…
 Meet 4/C Patrick Pyke, a Marine Engineering major from Sandwich, Massachusetts. He graduated from Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical where his love of things mechanical led him to Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  .   His Mom  shared an interesting story about her son, "The first time Cadet Pyke was on a boat we thought it would be his last. We took him sailing on a schooner out of Camden, Maine on a beautiful early summer day. The first time the schooner leaned into the wind he turned white and held on for life.  The captain of the schooner offered to let him help steer the boat to take away some of his anxiety and he white knuckled the wheel all the way back to the dock. I am happy he…
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.  When abandoning ship, there is no time to gather up electronics, jewelry, souvenirs, or other personal belongings.  However, there is something that should be grabbed before abandoning the ship – the Search And Rescue Transponder, known as SART.  A SART is a bright orange, waterproof, self-contained transponder used during an emergency at sea. The TS Kennedy has two carry-off SARTs.  They are mounted on the bulkheads inside the Bridge.  If it was necessary to abandon ship the SARTs would…
Are you enjoying our TSK Video Archives?  Today, travel back to 2017 and let 1/C Ryan Novak introduce you to the TS Kennedy's compasses. This video was taken by Cadet Blogger Emily Smith.  Today, Ryan and Emily are husband and wife and working in the maritime field.