Good morning, Followers -
In anticipation of the TS Kennedy’s trip back to Cape Cod, some of our followers learned about the Gulf Stream. Yes, we were one of the many ships that took advantage of this powerful current that flows north.
On our voyage home, the ship experienced a “negative slip”. When you hear the word “negative” you might think that it means something bad. After all, negative comments from a classmate are hurtful. Certainly, no adult wants to learn that their bank account has a negative balance.
A negative slip is actually something advantageous. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, the actual distance traveled by the TS Kennedy in one day exceeded the distance recorded by the ship’s propeller. Typically, the ship travels eighteen feet with each revolution of the propeller. With the Gulf Stream pushing the ship along, the TS Kennedy actually gained some additional “free” miles. This saved on fuel. You might say that thanks to the Gulf Stream, a “negative” became a “positive”.
If you live in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, or New Hampshire, I hope that you consider making the trip to see the TS Kennedy return to Buzzard Bay on Sunday. We will be docking at Taylor’s Point at approximately 1:30 PM. In the past, followers, friends, and family members have lined the canal, jumping, shouting and waving as the ship made her transit. The majority of our welcoming committee will begin to gather at Taylor’s Point before noon, carrying colorful banners and creative signs.
If you live near New York or anywhere in the Northeast, you know that this morning’s weather is less than ideal for outdoor work. Cadets and crew are dressed in multiple layers as many of us will be spending much of the day out on deck during the bunkering process. The hot, sunny Caribbean weather is already a distant memory.
Have a great day! Stay warm!
Captain Michael J. Campbell