Friday, January 11, 2019
Good morning, Followers -
Today is a very special day! Not only is it the day before the TS Kennedy departs for Sea Term 2019, it is also my daughter Kyrie’s eleventh birthday. Some people have said that it is her “Golden Birthday” because she is turning the same age as the date that she was born: 11 years old on the 11th!
Here are two photos taken during our family vacation at Disney World last fall. In this photo, Kyrie is beside me on the Rock ‘n Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. What a ride!
In this photo, Kyrie is wearing a grey Minnie Mouse shirt, standing beside her mom.
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, your 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 her Maiden Voyage. Actually, the Patriot State wasn’t a new ship, she was a used ship. First launched in 1965, her original name was the Santa Magdalena. Well, the Patriot State had been sitting round unused for a while and at the time of departure, it was discovered that her evaporator was not making enough water. The evaporator is an essential piece of equipment that is used to produce fresh drinking water from sea water by distillation. So, before crossing the Atlantic to visit England and Ireland, we visited the Jacksonville Shipyard for repairs. Our final port was Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
When I was a 1/C, I took part in my Commercial Placement. I went to work on a ship for Marine Transportation Line. This provided me an opportunity to see what working on a ship was all about. I flew to Italy to meet the ship and then cruised to Spain, Portugal, and England. One month after graduation, I was hired to work for the company. I worked there for eighteen years.
Here aboard the TS Kennedy, the cadets have been securing the ship for tomorrow afternoon’s departure. Everything must be tied down – from equipment on deck to personal items in the holds. Wind and waves could cause loose items to fly. This could cause damage or injury. Look around your classroom. Do you see items that might fall if your classroom was actually on a rocking ship? What would you have to move or change in order to make your classroom secure?
My wife and children would tell you that even when I am at home, I am thinking about a secure ship. I am constantly closing doors and cabinets. Sometimes my daughters will say, “Dad, we’re not on a ship!” After many, many years as sea, I guess I think like a mariner, even when I am on dry land.
At 0800, the United States Coast Guard will board the TS Kennedy and observe our final Fire & Boat/ Security Drill. After two drills yesterday, one at 0800 and one at 1600, I am confident that we’re ready.
Have a great day at school! Work as hard as a cadet aboard the TS Kennedy!
Happy birthday, Kyrie!
Captain Michael J. Campbell