Good morning, Followers –
We have reached our final port - Miami, Florida. A special hello to all of our Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience participants from Florida and the parents and families that have traveled here to meet us.
As you have learned during Sea Term 2019, maritime pilots guide ships into and out of ports. Yesterday, a crew member shared this article about the history of the Biscayne Bay Pilots Association, the organization that will provide pilot service this morning as we arrive – and on Monday when we depart.
When the group was formed in 1911, it was called the Miami Bar Pilots. I enjoyed reading the article and viewing the old photos including this one from 1948 that shows the pilots gathered around a bulletin board that shared information about the port.
Here is a photo of the required pilot card that is waiting on the Bridge. The card provides information about the TS Kennedy that may be reviewed by the pilot when he or she boards.
In each port, we have a ship’s agent that assists us with services while the TS Kennedy is in port. I began emailing our agent back in September and have been in regular contact since that time. Our ship’s agent coordinated our dock assignment, shuttle transportation, trash pickup, and security. The agent will board the ship with United States Customs when we are at the dock. The agent is the person that I will call if I have a question or concern during our time in Miami. The agent has been paid in advance by the Academy to provide these services.
As I mentioned earlier in the week, we will be hosting a reception late Saturday afternoon. Today and tomorrow morning, our cadets and crew will be putting the finishing touches on the TS Kennedy so that she shines for our many guests.
I know that many of our followers will be starting their winter break today. I hope that you will continue to log onto followthevoyage.com on a phone or computer throughout your vacation. You don't want to miss the last week of Sea Term 2019. Perhaps you will have time to build a model of the TS Kennedy and send me a photo before the ship returns to Buzzards Bay.
If you live near Massachusetts Maritime Academy, I hope that you will welcome the TS Kennedy home on Sunday, February 24th. We expect to dock at approximately 1:30 PM. Prior to that, we will be transiting the Cape Cod Canal. The cadets will be manning the rails. I hope that you and your family will line the canal, waving and shouting to the cadets.
Finally, I want to thank the first grade students at Maple Street School in Vernon, Connecticut for this beautiful Valentine's Day banner that they made for our cadets. Receiving a photo of the banner from their teacher, Mrs. Artzerounian, was a nice surprise. A few crew members took photos of the banner while it was displayed on my computer screen. They were eager to show the banner to the cadets that they work with - especially those that call Connecticut home.
Have a great day! Thank you for your support of our cadets!
Captain Michael J. Campbell