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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!

 Though the majority of the cadets were granted liberty for the final full day of portage in Willemstad, Curacao, those in Division II were expected to remain on the ship to fulfill the necessary watch, utility, engine room, deck, and scullery responsibilities that need to be accounted for each day. These students had the chance to spend the prior two days in Curacao (cadets in division III were granted all three days of liberty for this port). On scullery duty, 3/C Waters, 3/C Terrence Driscoll, and 2/C J. Sullivan spent the day in the kitchen assisting the Chartwells staff with food service throughout the day. This afternoon, 1/C Holly Brzykcy stood watch as the master at arms outside…
  Good morning, Followers - The TS Kennedy is bound for Tampa, Florida, our final port of call.  This will be the third visit to Tampa for our ship.   Tampa was the final port of call during Sea Term 2009 and Sea Term 2018.  Although Massachusetts is the TS Kennedy’s homeport, arriving in Florida often feels like “coming home” to all of us.  This is because of the strong ties that Massachusetts Maritime Academy has to the Sunshine State.  Many MMA alumni live there and continue to be generous supporters of the Academy, in spite of the distance between us.  We are also proud to say that many of the cadets aboard the TS Kennedy call Florida home.  Cruising with us are cadets from…
In his position as a 2nd Fabrication Rate, 1/C Jadon Peters from Rochester, Massachusetts is leading the way on Sea Term 2020.  This Marine Engineering major attended Rochester Memorial Elementary School and Old Rochester Regional Junior High School.  Jadon graduated from Old Rochester Regional Senior High School. After a long day on the job, Jadon was happy to take a break in the Mess Deck and answer a few questions for Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience participants.  What are the responsibilities of a Fabrication Rate?  “Fabrication Rates are responsible for all the welding, machining, and metal working that goes on aboard. Fab rates are tasked with making things from metal…
  The kindergarten students at Dighton Elementary School in Dighton, Massachusetts celebrated Curacao Day by wearing blue and yellow. The students also brought in "tropical" stuffed animals. Together, the class looked at the globe and tracked the voyage of the TS Kennedy.    
  Ahoy, Ye Matey! Happy Cloudy Monday!  Throughout the week, I’ve been sharing my knowledge of clouds with the cadets that I meet out on deck. Many of the Marine Transportation majors are quite the cloud experts.  Instead of me teaching them – they’ve been educating me.  Understanding clouds and weather are critical to the safe navigation of a ship.  I can still, however, impress the Marine Engineering majors and the Facilities Engineering that I chat with.   I’ve enjoyed introducing them to our seven previous Clouds Of The Week; three high level clouds - Cirrus, Cirrocumulus, and Cirrostratus, two midlevel clouds - Altocumulus and Altostratus, and two low level clouds – Cumulus…
Figure Eight Knot Bowline   Heather’s Knot Gallery: Be sure to check out Heather’s awesome blog about knots; Monday, February 10, 2020 Why “Knot” Tie Knots? Heather, Chloe, & Jacob want to see your knots!  Send us a photo holding one of the knots that you’ve learned to tie.  Be sure to hold a piece of paper or a white board that identifies the name of the knot. Special thanks to 3rd Security Rate 1/C Jacob Neilson, MTRA (Westfield, MA) and 3rd Safety Rate 1/C Chloe Plank, MTRA (Nantucket, MA) for demonstrating these knots. Carrick Bend Knot   Square Knot Becket Bend Knot    
Variegated Squirrel (Sciurus variegatoides) Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) Green-and-Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) Golden Orb-weaver (Nephila clavipes)   NOTE: What an amazing hike!  Although Jack did not take these photos, they have been added so that you can picture what he and his fellow cadets saw.  Why not do some additional research on one or more of them. The Sorpresa Hiking Tour  Into the wild!  During the second day of liberty in Golfito, Costa Rica today, a couple dozen cadets elected to embark on a hike 30 kilometers outside of the town (those on this tour included 1/C Holly Bryzcky (MENG-Plymouth, MA), 1/C Christina Fallavollita…
NOTE: Due to technical difficulties from ship to shore, this blog dated Monday, February 10, 2020 was actually written about the training that took place on Monday, February 3rd.  3 Days of Training Begin On the morning of the 29th day, the cadets aboard the TS Kennedy commenced with today’s regularly . For students in the 2020 Sea Term I Deck Training Program in Group B (Blue Team), this meant heading down to the classroom spaces at 0815. According to the course description written in the manual each of us were given, All cadets will stand bridge and engine room watches and receive training in basic deck and engine skills. All cadets will participate in maintenance of the vessel: deck…
Arrival In Curacao  Before dawn, the morning’s deck watch team reported to the Quarterdeck in preparation for performing their standing duties as the TS Kennedy made its way in the port of Willemstad. As the island nation came into view as we made headway, a USCG (United States Coast Guard) Cutter (similar to the one that was moored aft of the Kennedy in Costa Rica) could be seen exiting the channel on our port side. Trudging through the waves, the pilot’s boat sailed adjacent to our ship and the pilot successfully climbing the rope ladder onboard. Captain Campbell and Mate Kelly, who were Bridge throughout the entire experience, keenly watched from the port-side flying bridge wing as she…
  Memories Of Curacao Thanks to Blogger Heather & the many parents who shared photos  for this gallery.