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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, Mates! As the TS Kennedy cruises towards Tampa, I am thinking about Captain Carolyn Kurtz, a Tampa Bay Harbor Pilot. Captain Kurtz is one of just two female pilots in the state of Florida.  She graduate from the United State Merchant Marine Academy, located in Kings Point, New York. If you’ve been participating in the Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Program for a few years, you’ll remember that in 2018, Massachusetts Maritime Academy welcomed cadets from the USMMA aboard the TS Kennedy. Captain Kurtz has been a harbor pilot for over two decades.  Before becoming a Tampa Bay Harbor Pilot, Captain Kurtz worked as a Third Mate, Second Mate, and a Chief Mate, mostly…
  Ahoy, Ye Matey! Wow!  Can it really be our 6th Nautical Idiom Tuesday!  Are you using our nautical idioms when you speak and write?  Have you heard them spoken in movies and television shows?  Let’s review the ten that we’ve learned so far… 1.   all hands:  everyone 2.   anchors aweigh: raise the anchor 3.   learn the ropes: learn all of the skills necessary to perform a task 4.   pipe down:  be quiet 5.  ship shape: neat, tidy, and well-organized 6.  tight ship: well-managed 7.  in the same boat: facing a shared problem 8.  batten down the hatches: prepare for a challenging situation 9.  rock the boat: do something to cause problems 10.make waves: shock or surprise people with…
Ahoy, Followers – It’s Tuesday, so it must be time to talk about canals - the Cape Cod Canal, to be exact.  As much as I loved transiting the Panama Canal, I long to be back by the canal that the TS Kennedy calls home.  I’ve taught you about the history of the Cape Cod Canal and posted photos of its construction.  Last week, I shared a video of a cruise ship traveling though the Cape Cod Canal and passing by Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  The video that I’d like to share with you today was taken from a sailboat that traveled through the Cape Cod Canal in 1927.  That was ninety-three years ago!  You may decide to watch the video twice so that you won’t miss any of the details. …
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…
  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…
Ahoy, Followers – While the TS Kennedy was in Costa Rica last weekend, I spotted a thin, blue, braided on the wrist of a cadet.  I assumed that it was an expensive souvenir purchased in port and asked where I could find one.  I was surprise to learn that his bracelet was made from recycled materials.  I began asking questions, anxious to learn all about it. The cadet explained that the bracelet was purchased from a company based in Boca Raton, Florida called 4Ocean.  The company was founded in 2017 by two friends, Alex Schulze and Andrew Cooper.  It all began on a trip to Bali, an Indonesian island.  The pair had looked forward to surfing in Bali’s sapphire blue waters.  They were…
  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,…
  Ahoy, Followers – Due to some technical difficulties aboard the ship, I am late in posting my regular Wednesday Women At Sea feature.  I can’t complain if the satellite isn’t functioning for a day or two, right?  My pirate ancestors had no communication with their friends and family members back home.   I am excited that my Woman At Sea feature has many fans.  Last week, I received an email from one student suggesting that I go way, way back and introduce our followers to Anna Shchetinina.  I must admit, my immediate response was, “Anna, who?”  I had never heard of her.  I immediately went right to work, conducting research.  Lots and lots of research!  Before the week was over I…
  Ahoy, Followers! It’s Thursday, so that must mean that it is time for…  Little Buc’s Colorful TS Kennedy! Today I am featuring two colors that seem to go hand in hand…BLACK and WHITE! Well, some followers may have a problem with me including white and black in my Little Buc’s Colorful TS Kennedy feature.   You see, in physics, the definition of a color is "visible light with a specific wavelength".  Scientist say that black and white are not colors because they do not have specific wavelengths.  The color white contains "all wavelengths of visible light".  Black is defined as "the absence of visible light". You probably have a black and white crayon in your desk.  Maybe you'…
  Ahoy, Ye Matey! It’s hard to believe that this is our 5th Nautical Idiom Tuesday!  Teachers have told me that Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience participants are working our nautical idioms into their speaking and writing.  Some students have even spotted nautical idioms in their novels.  Before I introduce two more idioms, let’s take a moment for a quick review! 1.  all hands:  everyone 2.  anchors aweigh: raise the anchor 3.  learn the ropes: learn all of the skills necessary to perform a task 4.  pipe down:  be quiet 5. ship shape: neat, tidy, and well-organized 6. tight ship: well-managed 7. in the same boat: facing a shared problem 8. batten down the hatches: prepare…