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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.

Bridge Of The Americas visible with the TS Kennedy docked to the right Captain Elizabeth Simmons took this photo of the Bridge Of The Americas last weekend. Ahoy, Followers! If it’s Tuesday, then it must be time to talk about the Cape Cod Canal and the Panama Canal.  Last week, I talked about the construction of the two canals.  The cadets that I talked with were surprised to discover that the Panama Canal opened just seventeen days after the Cape Cod Canal opened.  Today, let’s looks at the bridges that span the canals. The four-lane Bridge Of The Americas in Balboa, Panama is a road bridge that spans the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal.  When cadets spotted that bridge…
  Ahoy, Ye Matey! Happy 4th Nautical Idiom Tuesday!  Time 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 In The Same Boat: This week, I heard one cadet say to another, “We’re both in the same boat.”   I was very confused.   Sea Term has been underway for a few weeks.  Is he just realizing that the two cadets are on the TS Kennedy together?  And why did the cadet call our ship a boat?  I had to investigate! According to https://www.bloomsbury-international.com, “in the same boat…
Ahoy, Ye Matey! Happy Cloudy Monday!  Have you had a busy week of cloud spotting?  I sure hope so!  Often cadets and crew members will shout out a greeting, “Good morning Big Buc!  It’s a beautiful day – not a cloud in the sky!”  They’re always a little surprised when I seem disappointed.  I guess they don’t realize just how much I love clouds. For the first three weeks I’ve talked about high level clouds - Cirrus, Cirrocumulus, and Cirrostratus.  Are you ready to meet two midlevel clouds?  Let’s get started! The Clouds Of The Week are the Altocumulus & Altostratus! First, let’s get to know Altocumulus. 1.  Altocumulus clouds are grayish-white in color with part of the cloud…
  Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  Giles Hopkins:  Good Morrow, Followers!  Good Morrow, Little Buc!  I was out on deck yesterday when 4/C Cadet Ben Johnson from Attleboro, Massachusetts handed me his family tree. Little Buc:  I know Ben Johnson!  He’s a Marine Engineering major who attended Hills-Roberts Elementary School, Robert J. Coelho Middle School, and Attleboro High School.  Why did he bring a tree aboard the TS Kennedy and where is he hiding it?  Captain Campbell is not going to be happy about this. His family will probably be upset too!  Giles Hopkins: No, Cadet Johnson didn’t bring that kind of tree, Little Buc!  A family tree is a chart that shows a…
  Ahoy, Followers – There was a festive atmosphere out on deck last night.  The cadets and crew members were eager to soak up the sights and sounds of our Panama Canal transit.  Everyone was taking photos, determined to freeze pieces of the special evening.  As the TS Kennedy was passing through the mile-long Gatun Locks, 3/C Jacob Botsolis, a Marine Transportation major from Braintree, Massachusetts, passed his phone to me.  He wanted to share a photo that had been taken in the same location almost sixty-two years earlier.  Cadet Botsolis explained that the photo was of his grandfather, Asimakis Botsolis, a Greek Merchant Marine.  In May 1958, Asimakis passed through the Gatun…
  Ahoy, Followers! It’s time for…Little Buc’s Colorful TS Kennedy! I got quite a workout searching for things that are BLUE!  The cadets have been quite helpful.  When they see me in the Mess Deck, the first thing they ask is, “What color are you searching for this week, Little Buc?”  After I share the color with them, the suggestions start.  Because they know the ship much better than I do, they are full of ideas.  I write them down as fast as I can, hoping that I am not missing any of them.  When the cadets leave for maintenance or watch, I’m off and running with my camera!  Here are five blue items that I discovered inside the ship.  Fortunately, when I step out on deck, I…
  Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  Giles Hopkins:  What cheer, Followers?  What cheer, Little Buc?  Yes, that’s another way that the Pilgrims asked, “How are you?”  Today’s post should bring a smile to the faces of our followers.  It has to do with a very unusual tribute to Mayflower. Little Buc:  Is this the tribute that we saw when we visited Plimoth Plantation last summer?  The one with four legs? Giles Hopkins:  Yes!  That’s it!  Mooflower! Little Buc:  I can’t stop laughing when I hear you say, “Mooflower”, or picture the life-size statue of a cow with Mayflower coming out of its back! Giles Hopkins:  This work of art, created by Massachusetts artist Joseph…
  Ahoy, Matey! 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 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 that, I…
  Ahoy, Followers! When you’re out at sea, there are a lot of things that you miss.  Pets are high on that list.  The cadets and I sure wish that there was a furry friend or two aboard the TS Kennedy!   You can be sure that the cadets and crew are missing the pets that they had to leave back on land. Last night, a cadet stopped to tell me about his two big dogs.  I told him about the many dogs that I met at Taylors Point on Departure Day, including the frisky canine that thought that my good leg would make a tasty snack.  That was a close call! If you want to get really technical about it, I suppose that you could say that there are dogs on the TS Kennedy.  They’re just not…
  Ahoy, Mates! It’s Wednesday!  That means that I get to present another smart, determined woman in the maritime industry.  As we prepare to cruise through the Panama Canal tomorrow, I want to introduce you to Sarah P. Terry.  Sarah, who is now retired, was the first female Panama Canal pilot.  Sarah was born in Massachusetts in 1949.  In the summer, she enjoyed sailing in the waters off of Cape Cod.  As she got older, the boats that she operator got larger and larger. Sarah’s long, challenging career path has been marked by many “firsts”. Sarah was the first female machinist apprentice, the first female Master Towboat Operator, and the first female pilot.  As if that wasn’t…