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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!

Would you like to learn more about the TS Kennedy’s lifeboats? You'll find this selection from the TS Kennedy's Video Vault very informative.   This 48-second video was created by Blogger Heather Gaughan in January 2019.
Ahoy, Followers - You are KNOT going to believe this!  These four fifth grade students from Jamestown, New York can tie a square knot as well as any cadet aboard the TS Kennedy.   Every 4/C cadet will have to demonstrate their skills at tying eight different knots before Sea Term is over. Our blogger, 4/C Dylan Lydell may have to call these students in his mom's class for a little tutoring.   Thanks for sharing this photo with me, Mrs. Lydell.  I am very impressed. Your favorite pirate aboard the TS Kennedy, Little Buc      
USS Doyen USS Doyen Olympia Reserve Fleet - Washington   Salvaging Treasure Do you like to hunt for treasures, take things apart, and make a mess? Then you would have loved being a cadet on Sea Term 1959.  Yes, sixty-two years ago cadets were not only allowed to do all of the above, they were ordered to.  This year bringing home souvenirs is not possible.  On a typical Sea Term, however, it is not unusual for cadets to spend an hour or two shopping while in port.  Some grab items that they wish they had brought from home, while others hunt for the perfect souvenirs for parents, siblings, girlfriends, or boyfriends.  During Sea Term 1959, however, cadets went on a very…
Meet 4/C Alex Gibson, a Marine Engineering major from Nantucket.  He attended Nantucket New School, Cyrus Pierce Middle School, and Nantucket High School.  Alex has always loved boats and being out on the water.  While growing up, Alex spent countless hours boating with his family.  As soon as he was old enough, Alex began working at the Nantucket Marine Department.  According to his mom, “Massachusetts Maritime Academy was a natural fit for him with the focus on all things marine-related.” Would you like to visit Nantucket?  Click on the link to watch a tourism video about the island.  You'll feel like you're there! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-YoCg35o_0   https://…
Training Rate 1/C Shane Mahoney Reflects On His Time At Massachusetts Maritime Academy: Favorite meal in the Mess Deck:  Country Fried Steak Favorite Place On Campus:  my dorm Class that gave me the biggest challenge: Mechanics Class that I enjoyed the most: Poetry Faculty member that made a positive impression on me, but may not realize it: CPT Albani Staff member that made a positive impression on me, but may not realize it: Bookstore Jim What I will miss most about being a cadet: seeing my shipmates around campus Most challenging part of preparing for and passing the Coast Guard exams: Sitting down and taking the time to do each section. It is tough but has to be…
When we released the butterflies that we hatched, one did not want to let go of Robbie's shirt.   Robbie was always surrounded by a group of friends. Selfie time!  Robbie, his friend Brendan (also a Team Franks 4 classmate), and his younger brother, Will, volunteered at Sea Bag Week. Long before 4/C Robert “Robbie” Duseau was a cadet majoring in Marine Engineering at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, he was a member of Team Franks 4.  That’s right!  I was Robbie’s 4th grade teacher at Indian Brook Elementary School in South Plymouth.    Every quality that makes Robbie a wonderful cadet was already evident in 4th grade.  He was confident, curious, and hardworking.  Robbie…
Happy belated 19th birthday to Dan Griffin!  Dan's family was early in sending in their wish...but I am late in posting it. Happy 19th + 1 week, Dan! Love, Sophia, Fiona, Pat, Angus, Mom, Dad, and the rest of the family  
Welcome back everyone -   This morning, we entered the world of Watch. And while it comes with a difficult mess of a sleep schedule, and a little more pressure to perform at a professional standard, it is some of the most important training we go through on Sea Term.   It's our shot on the Bridge or Engine Room learning the job of Mates or Engineers on Watch. It's a big job with a lot of responsibility, so we train cadets to do one job at a time in order to understand the expectations of each portion of the Bridge. The Cadet On Watch (COW) is a 1/C (senior) role that oversees the Bridge. It's their watch...the rest of the cadets work under them to give them the information they need to…
1/C Regimental Training Ship Commander, Jeffery Gallo, reflects on his time spent on the campus of Massachusetts Maritime Academy: Favorite meal in the Mess Deck: Chicken Patty Tuesdays, Nothing compares! Favorite place on campus: Regimental Suite Class that gave me the biggest challenge: Senior License Seminar Class that I enjoyed the most: Rules of the Road Staff member that made a positive impression on me, but may not realize it: LT. Muldoon 1st Company Officer What I will miss most about being a cadet: I will miss learning about the industry. The school has provided us cadets with a wealth of information and I can't wait to use it Most challenging part of preparing for…
In Dylan's Blog, Break Out The Power Tools, he mentioned using a needle gun to remove rust on the Main Deck of the TS Kennedy.  Check out this video to see a needle gun in action.