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Buc's Adventures

Get to know our two beloved mascots during Sea Term 2020!  For seven weeks, Little Buc and Big Buc will educate you and keep you entertained.  They’ll take you behind the scenes aboard the TS Kennedy and introduce to spaces and places that even some cadets miss.  Somehow, these two pirates always know the latest shipboard information – and they’ll be sure to pass it along to you.  You’ll even see Big Buc and Little Buc taking selfies with the cadets and crew.  The adventure begins on Monday, January 6th!  Hang on!  With these two pirates leading the way, it’s sure to be a wild ride.

    Ahoy, Followers! I cannot believe that Sea Term 2021 is almost a wrap.  I have enjoyed every minute of my time aboard the TS Kennedy.  I must admit... I...HATE....to...leave. Yesterday, I ran from one end of the ship to the other, flying up and down ladders.  I wanted to visit my favorite places one last time.  As I whizzed around corners, I heard cadets and crew members shout, "Little Buc, slow down!"   I took as many selfies as possible.  I will enjoy looking through them as I count the days to Sea Term 2022.  Hopefully we'll be cruising towards the Caribbean in January.  Stay tuned! Thanks for being a part of the Little Buc Fan Club.  If you plan to be on the dock…
This is a vintage ship's throttle.    This is the throttle on the TS Kennedy's Bridge. Check out the new emblem! Good morning, Followers - After an exciting weekend in New York. we are all excited to be heading for home. When cadets weren't on watch, maintenance, or finishing up projects, they were out on the Helo Deck soaking up the sunshine and admiring the New York skyline.   There was something else to admire that was ALMOST as spectacular as the Statue of Liberty.  Something right here aboard the TS Kennedy...on the Helo Deck...created by cadets.  What was it?  A freshly painted, colorful emblem meant to resemble a ship's throttle!  Check out the photos! I figured that…
  Ahoy, Followers - I never tire of gazing up at the wooden Kennedy sign - whether it is framed by sapphire blue or stormy grey.  It is beautiful from the first light of day and long past sunset.   Yesterday, with the help of a cadet, I decided that it was time to measure the sign.  We discovered that it is 100 inches long and 17.55 inches wide.   This sign is also known as a quarterboard.  During the 18th century, quarterboards were carved, gilded signs that bore the name of the ship that they were displayed on. If a ship was wrecked, its quarterboard usually washed up on the shore.  This allowed the lost ship to be identified.  The recovered quarterboards also became popular…
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…
Ahoy, Followers - How do you share big news with your friends? Here aboard the TS Kennedy, cadets are unable to call, text, or tweet.  They can't post the latest news on Instagram or create a Tik Toc video.  If there's a big story to share, cadets have to do it the old fashion way.  Word of mouth!   Today, there's a buzz on the Bridge, in the Engine Room, and out on the Helo Deck.  Everyone's asking, "Have you heard?" I will let you in on the secret...              Governor Charlie Baker will welcome                     the TS Kennedy home on                      Wednesday, June 23rd! Seriously!  This old pirate is NOT telling you a sea story! This will not be the first time that…
  Happy Flag Day, Followers! When I posted photos of myself in red, white, and blue locations throughout the TS Kennedy on Memorial Day, several people suggested that I do the same on Flag Day. This weekend, with the help of the cadets, I found more patriotic locations.  Here they are! Your flag-loving pirate, Little Buc      
While cadets were enrolling in the Massachusetts Nautical Training School, Queen Liliuokalani was beginning her reign in Hawaii. Ahoy, Followers! I am bursting with pride!  Massachusetts Maritime Academy turns 130 years old today. While the Academy was getting its start in 1891, Puerto Rico was adopting its flag, the game of basketball was being invented in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Granville T. Wood was patenting the electric railway. ​​​​​​ The National Forest Service was being organized, Thomas Edison was patenting the motion picture camera, and American Express was issuing its first travelers checks.  SPAM was being introduced, President Benjamin Harrison was visiting…
  Ahoy, Followers! Cadets and crew members enjoy working out in the ship's gym. Me too! It features racks of  free weights and an assortment of machines. It may not be nearly as comprehensive as the gym back at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, but it provided everyone with the opportunity to stay fit while at sea.   Cadets are required to wear "Buc gear" while working out.  No, that's not clothing with my image on it.  "Buc gear" is the term that described leisure wear that includes the MMA logo.   Your in-shape pirate at sea, Little Buc      
Ahoy, Matey! Do you have two friends with the same first name? How do you distinguish between the two of them when you are talking about them?  Perhaps you use their last name or mention something about where they live or what they like to do.  Sometimes vessels share the same name.  In times of emergency, that could present a big problem.  Also, sometimes vessels have complicated names that may be difficult to pronounce during radio communication.  As a ship travels the world, it is important that they can be easily contacted, even when there is a language barrier.  Don’t worry!  A simple solution to this problem has already been found.  Each vessel is assigned a “call sign” by the…