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Friday, January 10, 2020 Good morning, Followers – Do you get excited, nervous, and a little impatient the day before a family vacation or the first day of school?  That’s how many of the cadets and crew members are feeling today.  Tomorrow morning, the TS Kennedy will depart for Sea Term 2020! Yesterday, I told you about my first Sea Term, so I probably should tell you about my second and third Sea Terms.  As you know, my first Sea Term took place in 1984.  When I was a cadet, 3/C s did not go on Sea Term.  It was considered an “off year”.  So, in 1985, I took a Physics class near home at the University Of Rhode Island. In 1986, when I was a 2/C, the Academy had a new ship.  It was…
    Thursday, January 9, 2020   Good morning, Followers - When I stopped by the Bridge early this morning, one of the 4/C cadets on watch greeted me with a question that I hear often at this time of year, “Captain Campbell, do you remember what your first Sea Term was like?”  I began to explain, but was interrupted by an important telephone call. Throughout the day, his questioned echoed in my head and I found myself recalling more and more about Sea Term 1984 when I was a 4/C cadet at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  The departure of the TS Empire State was delayed by one day due to snow.  It was pretty exciting to be crossing the Atlantic Ocean at eighteen years old.  We…
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Good morning, Followers - It was a busy Tuesday here on the TS Kennedy!  Following Morning Formation at 0700 where rollcall was taken the loading of supplies began.  In our Plan Of The Day, this was listed as “Commence load-on of ship’s stores”.  When you think of stores, Target and Wal-Mart probably come to mind.  “Stores” has a different meaning on a ship. The supplies and equipment that are needed for the operation and upkeep of a ship are referred to as “ship’s stores”. On a cold, sunny morning, cadets worked as a team to transfer pallets of supplies onto the TS Kennedy.  The load-on will resume again this morning at 0700.  At 1600 yesterday, a Fire Party…
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Good morning, Followers - The TS Kennedy is a busy place!  The first stop for all cadets reporting to campus yesterday was Health Services.  Because the flu rate is so wide spread throughout Massachusetts and surrounding states, every officer, faculty member, crew member, and cadet had to be screened my a medical professional.  After passing the screening, they were issued a red wristband and granted permission to board the ship.  By early afternoon, all of the cadets were on board and took part in a muster (roll call) with their assigned division.  We held our first Evacuation Drill at 1600.  When the announcement was made, cadets swiftly left the interior…
  Sunday, January 5, 2020 Hello to all of our Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience participants - While it is still rather quiet on the Bridge, I want to write my first post to the Captain's Log for Sea Term 2020.   Things are about to get very hectic aboard the TS Kennedy!  1/C cadets (seniors) in leadership positions, called Rates, arrived on Saturday.  Their help will be critical when the rest of the cadets arrive tomorrow Tomorrow, Monday, January 6th, all of the cadets will board the ship for what we refer to as Alongside Week.  They will each be carrying a large sea bag, similar to an oversized duffle bag that sports players use.  The sea bags will be packed with all of…