Follow The Voyage Logo

 

Plymouth 400

There’s a very special guest aboard the TS Kennedy!  To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower, we’ve added a historical twist to Sea Term 2020.  Cruising with Little Buc, Big Buc, and the cadets is Pilgrim doll, Giles Hopkins.  You’ll be educated and entertained as Giles searches for similarities between the Mayflower's voyage in 1620 and the voyage of the TS Kennedy in 2020.  He’s determined to track down cadets who are descendants of Mayflower passengers.  Be sure to check back daily for Giles’s posts and special features about his hometown of Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  Giles Hopkins:  Good Morrow, Followers!  Good Morrow, Little Buc!  Little Buc:  Well, this is it, my Pilgrim friend!  Our final blog! Giles Hopkins:  I am sad that our blogging time is drawing to an end, but I am excited to get home to start the countdown to the return of Mayflower II from Connecticut to Massachusetts. Little Buc: On Sunday, there will be excitement in the air as the TS Kennedy transits the Cape Cod Canal before arriving at Taylors Point.  Relatives, friends, and Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience participants will line the banks of the canal with signs and banner.  The pier at Massachusetts Maritime Academy will be…
  Benjamin Franklin's Gulf Stream Map    Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  Giles Hopkins:  Good Morrow, Followers!  Good Morrow, Little Buc!  Little Buc:  Well, we’re on our way home!  The Gulf Stream will be helping us out as we head north.  The Gulf Stream is a strong, warm ocean current.  It begins in the Gulf of Mexico and flows around the tip of Florida, into the Atlantic Ocean, and north along the eastern coast of the United States. The Gulf Stream flows extremely fast.  I overheard a cadet say that it about three hundred times faster than the Amazon River!  Now that’s what I call fast.  Depending on the weather, Captain Campbell may navigate the TS Kennedy…
  Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  Giles Hopkins:  Good Morrow, Followers!  Good Morrow, Little Buc!  Little Buc:  Tomorrow is not only the day that we reach our final port, it’s also Valentine’s Day!  Was Valentine’s Day celebrated in England in the 1600s? Giles Hopkins:  It is highly unlikely that the Pilgrims would have celebrated Valentine’s Day or any holiday except the Sabbath.  I do know that the modern origins of Valentine's Day come from England. Have you ever read Geoffrey Chaucer’s poem, Parlement of Foules, written way back in 1382?  For this was on Seynt Valentynes day, Whan every foul cometh ther to chese his make, Of every kinde, that men thynke…
Hatches on Mayflower TS Kennedy: Upper Tween Deck TS Kennedy: Lower Tween Deck   Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  Giles Hopkins:  Good Morrow, Followers!  Good Morrow, Little Buc!  Word is getting around that we enjoy getting photos of cadets touring Mayflower II.  I ran into 4/C Cadet John Sisk who happily shared this photo that was taken when he was just six years old. Little Buc:  Cadet Sisk is a Marine Transportation major from Norwalk, Connecticut.  I was talking with him last week at the end of his Bridge watch.  He told me that he spent his elementary school and middle school years at New Canaan Country School before attending Fairfield Prep for…
  Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  Giles Hopkins:  Good Morrow, Followers!  Good Morrow, Little Buc!  Little Buc: I saw you on the Bridge Deck last night.  You seemed captivated by the cadets measuring the angular distance between two visible objects.    Giles Hopkins:  I certainly was!  As I watched the cadets use their sextants to take readings, I was thinking that Master Jones and his crew missed out on using this navigational tool.   Little Buc: That’s right!  The sextant was invented almost simultaneously by John Hadley in England and by Thomas Godfrey in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1731.  It wasn’t exactly like the modern sextant that the cadets use today,…
  Giles Hopkins:  Good morning, Captain Campbell!  I have noticed cadets wearing a variety of different shoes throughout their day on the TS Kennedy.  That made me think of William Mullins, a Mayflower passenger.  His will stated that he had,  “XXI dozen of shoes, and thirteene paire of bootes w[hi]ch I give into the Companies hands for forty pounds at seaven years and if they like them at that rate”   I brought along a copy of his will.  Can you figure out how many pairs of shoes he brought?  Captain Campbell:  That’s a lot of footwear!   I will leave it up to our followers to figure out the exact amount.  Storage space is limited on the TS Kennedy.  Each of our cadets are…
  Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  Giles Hopkins:  What cheer, Followers?  What cheer, Little Buc!  I am happy to announce that I have discovered another Mayflower connection aboard the TS Kennedy!  Little Buc:  Another connection?  I can’t believe it! Giles Hopkins:  I ran into 4/C Cadet Kyle Knowlton in the Computer Lab last night.  He told me that he is a descendant of Richard More on his grandfather’s side.  He even received a letter from the Society Of Mayflower Descendants.  Little Buc:  I know Cadet Knowlton!  He’s a Marine Engineering major from Amesbury, Massachusetts.  He attended Amesbury Elementary School and Amesbury Middle School in his hometown. …
Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  Giles Hopkins:  Good Morrow, Followers!  Good Morrow, Little Buc!  While I was getting a snack in the Mess Deck last night, I overheard cadets reminiscing about fieldtrips to Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Of course, I had to get involved! Little Buc: I would expect nothing else, Giles!  What did you find out? Giles Hopkins:  3/C Cadet Christopher Stronach was telling his friends about touring Mayflower II when he was in third grade.  Little Buc:  I ran into Cadet Stonach in the gym last week.  He’s a Marine Engineering major from Dedham, Massachusetts.  He attended the Early Childhood Education Center, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham…
  Giles Hopkins:  Good morning, Captain Campbell!  Did you know that for almost fifteen years before the Pilgrims made their now famous voyage on the Mayflower, the ship transported cargo between European ports.    Captain Campbell:  That’s one thing that the TS Kennedy and the Mayflower have in common, Giles.  The TS Kennedy was a cargo ship long before it became a training ship for Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets.  At the time, her name was Velma Lykes.   The cargo included food, cotton, machinery, consumer items, and industrial chemicals.   The Velma Lykes traveled from ports within the Gulf Of Mexico to locations such as Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan,…
  Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  Giles Hopkins:  Good Morrow, Followers!  Good Morrow, Little Buc! Little Buc:  Hey wait!  We’re one day early!  Today is Wednesday.  We do our blog together on Mondays and Thursdays, right?  Giles Hopkins:  Yes.  That’s right!  But I couldn’t wait another day to tell you about another Mayflower connection on the TS Kennedy.  Yesterday, I ran into 4/C Cadet Brendan Bouressa on watch on the Bridge. Little Buc: I know Cadet Bouressa!  He’s a Marine Transportation major from Marshfield, Massachusetts.  Giles Hopkins:  Brendan and his family reside on Peregrine White’s homestead. Peregrine White was the first baby born in the New…