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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, Followers! As you know, the TS Kennedy said good-bye to the Cape Cod Canal on Saturday morning.  I miss it already!  Knowing that I will be seeing the Panama Canal soon makes me feel a little better. Good ideas often take time to become a reality.  In the case of both the Cape Cod Canal and the Panama Canal, the idea didn’t take just years or decades to finally take shape – it took centuries!  That’s right, centuries! Ups And Downs On Cape Cod The original idea to build a canal through the isthmus of Cape Cod can be traced way back to Plimoth Colony in the 1620s. As you may know, an isthmus is narrow strip of land with sea on either side.  (photo: left #1) In 1627,…
  Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  I talked with so many teachers on Taylors Point on Saturday.  They are participating in Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience with their classes.  The teachers let me know that they like the conversation format of our blogs.  They said that their students enjoy reading our Mayflower Monday post in pairs – one student reads your part and the other student reads mine.  I promised the teachers that we would keep using this format.  Giles Hopkins:  Good Morrow, Followers!  Good Morrow, Little Buc!  It’s great to be out at sea on the TS Kennedy!  It sure was great to meet the many mothers, fathers, grandparents, relatives, friends,…
  Ahoy, Ye Matey! Happy Cloudy Monday!  What is the weather like where you live?  I hope that you were able to spot cirrus clouds throughout the week.  Because Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience participants come from all across the United States and even Plymouth, England, it’s impossible for me to monitor every follower’s local weather.  Sometimes cadets stop me in the Mess Deck to tell me about the weather their families are experiencing back home, especially those cadets from the frigid north.  As the temperature begins to warm up and sea conditions calm down, I expect to see more and more cadets on the Helo Deck during their lunch break between 1130 and 1230.  Perhaps…
  Ahoy, Followers! Do you like to use a straw when you enjoy your favorite cold drink?  I used to insist on a straw whenever I had a glass of water, a fruit smoothie, or a chocolate milk shake.  Not anymore! As I sit on the deck of the TS Kennedy and gaze out at the Cape Cod Canal and Buzzards Bay, I marvel at the beauty of the ocean and worry about the safety of marine creatures.  When I was chatting with some cadets in the library last night, I learned that Americans use over five million straws each day.  And where do they end up after the last sip of the drink?  In the ocean!  Straws have become one of the top ten items found during a beach cleanup. Plastic straws are…
“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises. – Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Spanish writer Ahoy, Followers! There are so many things on the TS Kennedy that I am eager to show you!  Some are big and others are small.  Many are easy to understand, but others leave me stumped.  At first, I didn’t know where to begin.  I thought about starting with things on the Bridge Deck and working my way down to the Tank Top Deck. Next, I wondered if I should focus on things found on the bow and then work my way back to the stern.  For a while, I considered introducing things to you alphabetically - from A to Z.  Then it came to me! Every Friday, I will…
Ahoy, Matey! Last night, a pair of cadets told me that there was a COW and a CROW on Deck Watch.  Knowing that Captain Campbell doesn’t allow animals of any kind aboard the TS Kennedy, I was shocked!  I listened carefully, but I didn’t hear a, “MOOOOO!” Seeing the stunned look on my face, the cadets quickly explained what they were talking about.  They told me that at any given time during Sea Term 2020, there will be sixteen people standing Deck Watch. The names of some of the positions are quite long, so the cadets and crew refer to them using abbreviations. COW - Cadet Officer Of The Watch: This cadet is responsible for everything that happens on the Bridge. Basically the COW is a…
Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  Ahoy, Giles!  Are you looking forward to Saturday as much as I am, Giles?  Giles:  I can’t wait to have parents, family members, and Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience participants join us on Saturday when the TS Kennedy departs from Taylors Point.  Little Buc:  Just wait until you see the colorful signs, banners, and flags created to bid the cadets farewell!  There will be excitement in the air!  I realize that the scene on Saturday will be much different than when Mayflower left Plymouth, England in September 1620.  Giles:  It sure will!  Because Speedwell was unable to make the trip across the Atlantic Ocean, many passengers had to stay…
Ahoy, Followers! Regardless of what grade you may be in, I am sure that you’ve learned a lot about prefixes in your Language Arts classes.  As you know, a prefix is a special group of letters that come before a root word.  Some people refer to a root word as a “base word”.  Although a root word can stand on its own, a prefix needs a root word.  These letters in a prefix have the power to change the meaning of a base word.  For example, the prefix “un” can change the word “happy” to “unhappy” and the prefix “dis” can change the word “connect” to “disconnect”.  You may be saying, “Little Buc, what do prefixes have to do with Sea Term 2020?” My answer, “A lot!”  A “ship prefix” is…
  Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Ahoy, Mates! W is for Wednesday…and for Women!  Every Wednesday, I will be introducing you to a different woman that currently making her career at sea.  You've already seen that there are many determined females aboard the TS Kennedy who are preparing for a career at sea, but the women that I will be talking about every Wednesdays are already hard at work, making history in the industry.  All of these smart, courageous females are excellent role models for every Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience participant.  In 2015, Kate McCue became the first American woman to captain a cruise ship when she control of the majestic Celebrity Equinox.  …