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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, 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…
  Ahoy, Ye Matey! Happy Cloudy Monday!  So far, we’ve learned about three high level clouds - Cirrus, Cirrocumulus, and Cirrostratus and two midlevel clouds - Altocumulus and Altostratus.  Are you ready to meet two low level clouds?  What are we waiting for? The Clouds Of The Week are the Cumulus & Cumulonimbus! First, let’s get to know Cumulous. 1.  Cumulus clouds are puffy.  Some people think they look like balls of cotton. Others see heaps of whipped cream or mounds of soap suds. 2.  A Cumulous cloud that does not become tall is an indicator of fair weather. 3.  When sunlight hits the top of a Cumulous cloud, it is brilliant white in color.  The bottom of the cloud…
  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. …
  Ahoy, Ye Matey! Balloons are bright, colorful, and somehow have the ability make you smile. Everyone loves balloons, right? Wrong!  If whales, dolphins, turtles, seals, and fish could talk, they would tell you that balloons can be deadly. Seabirds would agree. A study completed at the University Of Tasmania in Australia in 2019 showed that soft plastics, such as balloons, were responsible for 40% of seabird deaths.  Inflated balloons are often carried great distances by the wind, and later by ocean currents.  Scientists have found balloons floating in the ocean, hundreds of miles from shore. Deflated balloons and balloon fragments are often mistaken for tasty jellyfish or…
  Ahoy, Followers! I am starting the week off with a Knock Knock joke. Knock, knock! Who’s there? Orange! Orange who? Orange you glad that it’s time for…Little Buc’s Colorful TS Kennedy! Ha…ha…ha…ha!  Yes, that’s my clever way of announcing that this week’s color will be ORANGE! The color of the lifeboats is International Bright Orange.  This color is the required color for all lifeboats as a result of the SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) agreement for all commercial ships.  Here are just some of the orange items on the ship. Your colorful friend on the TS Kennedy, Little Buc        
Ahoy, Ye Matey! On a Navy warship, the Captain’s chair is considered sacred. No one besides the Captain is allowed to sit in it unless they are personally invited by the Captain.  The same is true aboard the TS Kennedy.  Cadets and crew know that Captain Campbell’s chair is off limits.  I have seen Captain Campbell let his son, Christian, climb up into his chair.  As far as I know, that's the only exception. It is easy to see why the Captain’s chair is bolted down. It’s important that the chair stays in place at all times, even when the ship encounters rough seas!  There is a bar for the Captain to rest his feet on. It was exciting to stop by the Bridge last week and see Captain…
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…
  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…
Ahoy, Mateys!  Did you read my blog today about Captain Serena Melanie?  I thought that you'd enjoy taking a tour of her ship, the Seven Seas Splendor, which will launch on February 21, 2020.   Your favorite big pirate, Big Buc  
  Ahoy, Mates! It’s Wednesday!  That means it’s time for me to introduce you to another smart, determined woman in the maritime industry.  Today, I’d like you to meet Captain Serena Melani.  She will soon have the honor of being the first woman in the cruise industry’s history to captain a brand new ocean ship at launch.  That’s right, Captain Melani is the Master of the 735-foot Seven Seas Splendor, a luxury cruise ship that is scheduled to launch on February 21, 2020.  The big day is less than one month away! Serena Melani grew up in the Tuscany region of Italy. As she watched ship of all shapes and sizes visit the port of Livorno, she imagined a career at sea that provided…