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Good morning, Followers – By the close of today, we will be anchored in Cape Cod Bay at the entrance of the Cape Cod Canal.  On board, we will be having Field Day.  If the mention of Field Day has you picturing cadets enjoying sack races, relays, and tug-of-wars, you’re wrong.  Field Day aboard the TS Kennedy involves just two events - and they’re not any of the ones that you’ve enjoyed at your school Field Day.  The events are cleaning and packing!  Yes, our cadets will be washing and scrubbing the ship from top to bottom.  They will also be packing up just about everything.  As I’ve mentioned, the TS Kennedy will be heading to Texas later this week.  It is necessary to pack up non-…
Hello, Followers - After a memorable weekend in New York, the TS Kennedy is bound for Buzzards Bay.  Cadets, officers, and crew members are still raving about the delicious feast that they enjoyed as we cruised past the Statue Of Liberty and Manhattan skyscrapers.  Chartwells served hand cut steaks, lobster tails, an assortment of side dishes, and delicious desserts.  It was the perfect way to wrap up Sea Term 2021.  Our sincere thanks to Admiral McDonald for sending along the lobster tails.   ​​​I hope that bunkering photos were posted on Saturday.  I was pleased to see cadets out on deck observing the process and pointing out the safety precautions that were taken.  Many were…
  Good morning, Followers - You may have seen a few photos of the pyrotechnics demonstration that took place off of the Helo Deck earlier in the week.  With the Fourth Of July less than three weeks away, you may have thought that we were staring our celebration early.  That was not the case.  Although the colors and sound may have been similar to fireworks, I assure you that this was a serious learning experience for our cadets.   The International Convention Of Safety Of Life At Sea (SOLAS) is a maritime treaty that sets the minimum standards that all ships at sea must meet. One of those standards is carrying hand flares, rocket parachute flares, and buoyant smoke signals. These…
  Good morning, Followers - Earlier in the week, I shared my daily advice to cadets, "Finish strong!"  I urged all of you to do the same.  Well, that is just what is happening back in Mrs. Harcourt's 4th grade class at Whitin Elementary School in Uxbridge, Massachusetts.  Yesterday, Mrs. Franks forwarded me photos of students working on detailed drawings of the TS Kennedy and photos of five completed drawings. Officers and crew members who stopped by my office throughout the afternoon and evening enjoyed viewing the photographs on my computer.  We all know that the 2020-2021 school year is coming to a close.  We are thankful that they found time to draw the TS Kennedy.  With…
The photo below shows both the letters IMO and the 7-digit code displayed on a ship.   Good morning, Followers - Many of you are curious about the number 6621662 that is painted on the side of the TS Kennedy.  Ships are assigned IMO numbers to reduce maritime fraud and increase the safety and security of ships at sea. This is our ship's IMO (International Maritime Organization) Number, a unique 7-digit global identification code.  The TS Kennedy is the only ship in the world that displays 6621662. On many ships, the letters "IMO" will be displayed before the seven digits.  Just in case you haven't noticed the TS Kennedy's IMO number, I will ask Mrs. Franks post some photos to…
In today's Captain's Log, Captain Campbell talked about dimming the lights on the Bridge at night, and using a red lens in the charting room.   Check out this video, Night At The Bridge to learn more about navigating a ship at night. Here are two more photos taken on the TS Kennedy's Bridge at night.  It was important to have look away when the photos were taken.  The bright flash of the camera could temporarily "blind" a cadet, causing him or her to miss a critical safety concern.  
  Hello, Followers - Yesterday, Mrs. Franks shared some photos with me that she had received from Mrs. Lydell, a fifth grade teacher in Jamestown, New York.  Four of the photos showed students solving word problems about lifeboats and shipping containers. The activities are part of the Follow The Voyage - Share The Experience curriculum.  Two other photos showed students sitting outside reading a cadet blog on their laptops.  I will ask Mrs. Franks to post the photos so that you can see them too. The fifth grade students are following the advice that I have been giving cadets aboard the TS Kennedy.  With just a week left of Sea Term 2021, I have been encouraging cadets to, "Finish…
Good morning, Followers- The cadets and crew enjoyed being off the coast of Miami, Florida over the weekend.  Chartwells received their fresh provisions.  Although all of our cadets have experience loading cargo onto the TS Kennedy when she is at the dock, most had never seen cargo being taken on while at anchor.    The TS Kennedy is heading north.  Next weekend, we will be cruising the East River in New York City.  Heading north on a typical Sea Term, usually means a return to cold winter weather.  This year is different.  Since we are returning in June, rather than February, we do not need to brace ourselves for a drastic temperature change.  I received an email asking if we are…
Good morning, Followers - Each year, I receive emails from students, teachers, and even some grandparents of cadets asking if I am getting enough sleep.  This year, people are especially concerned because they know that the ship will not be making any port stops.  They fear that I will be working on the Bridge for three weeks straight. There is no need to worry.  I am getting plenty of sleep.  At all times, there are cadets on the Bridge, supervised by a crew member.  Because this is a training ship, cadets are given an opportunity to participate in all aspects of navigation. My room is just one deck below the Bridge.  There is a sound powered telephone by my bed that can wake me…
  Good morning, Followers - It is an honor to be serving as the Captain of the TS Kennedy on the Academy's milestone birthday.   It looks like my wife and our three youngest children are celebrating back in Narraganset, Rhode Island.  They may be having birthday cake for breakfast this morning.  Don't let the sign on the right confuse you.  It is the Academy's 130th birthday, not mine.   We won't be missing out on birthday cake aboard the TS Kennedy. Chartwells has made a cake for all of us to enjoy with our dinner. On Saturday, the TS Kennedy will be in anchorage off of Miami, Florida.  A small boat will deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to the ship. This will be a  great…