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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.

  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 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.  Last September, at…
Ahoy, Ye Matey! If it’s Tuesday, it’s time for.(drum roll, please)…Big Buc’s Nautical Idioms That’s right, every Tuesday, I’ll share two well-known nautical idioms.  An idiom is an expression that means something different from its literal meaning.  I’ll explain the meanings of the nautical idioms and relate them to life on board the TS Kennedy.  I know you’ll be eager to try out these nautical idioms in your speaking and writing.  All Hands… Okay, let’s get started.  The first idiom is “all hands”.  The Sea Term Manual states that, “All hands are reminded that staterooms, berthing areas, lounges and common spaces are subject to inspection at all times by the Master.”  Is this…
  Tuesday, January 6, 2020 Ahoy, Followers – As I write this blog to you, I am looking out at the Cape Cod Canal.  I can hear the hustle and bustle of the cadets in the background.  It is hard to believe that before this month is over, the TS Kennedy will have traveled through the Panama Canal.  One Sea Term – two canals.  As you might guess, I am quite an expert on the Cape Cod Canal but until recently, I didn’t know nearly as much about the Panama Canal.  Over the past few months, I completed quite a bit of research on the Panama Canal.  Throughout Sea Term 2020, I am looking forward to sharing information about both canals.  Every Tuesday, you’ll see learn about the many…
Thanks for giving me the next two months off, Admiral McDonald.  I will make the Academy proud with my daily blogs.   Ahoy, Ye Matey! I’m Big Buc - not to be confused with Little Buc, the tiny green pirate.  There’s a reason why my name begins with “Big”. Guaranteed, I am the tallest one on the TS Kennedy.  As the official mascot of Massachusetts Maritime Academy, my job is to pump up the fans at sporting events and greet visitors to campus.  Lucky for me, Admiral Francis X. McDonald, the President Of Massachusetts Maritime Academy, grants me a vacation during the months of January and February.  He sends me on Sea Term and asks that I blog each day on a variety of topics for the…
This painting is called, The Mayflower And Speedwell In Dartmouth Harbor.  It was painted by Leslie Wilcox in 1971. This painting is called, Embarkation Of The Pilgrims.  It was painted by Robert W. Weir in 1844.The Pilgrims are praying on the deck of the Speedwell before leaving Holland in July 1620.  William Brewster is holding the Bible. This painting hangs in the U.S. Capital Building Rotunda in Washington, DC.  It measures 12 feet x 18 feet. This is a key to the painting, Embarkation Of The Pilgrims.  The Pilgrims in the painting are identified by name. Little Buc:  Ahoy, Followers!  As I type this blog, cadets are boarding the TS Kennedy for Sea Term 2020!  If you…