Without a doubt, this is the Photo Of The Day!
Ship’s Speed & Fuel
The Kennedy has maintained a consistent speed for the last few days of our journey. Ships calculate their speed by using “knots” as their unit of speed. We have been traveling at roughly 15 knots. To keep the consistent speed that we have been traveling at, the Kennedy needs a lot of fuel. The fuel is stored in tanks on either side of the ship. There are 1/C Fuel Rates who are responsible for maintaining the fuel. They do this by performing what are called soundings. Soundings check how much fuel we’ve lost. Another way they maintain the fuel is by switching the settling tanks. Settling tanks are where they pump all of the fuel that is going to be used. This fuel is then heated to 110-120 degrees Fahrenheit. Each day at around 1100, the tanks are prepared to switch. They use the high suction and low suction from each tank to open the valve of the tank that will be swapped out. The tanks are switched because it helps keep the right draft and balance on each side of the ship. I was in the engine room today when they switched the tanks and it can be a stressful process if too much water gets into the boiler. Too much water can cause the fire in the boilers to go out and this would cause major issues for the engine room.
This photo shows the fuel settling tank switches that turn on and off the high and low suction.
Anchors are one of the most intriguing parts of a ship because they can be small yet powerful. We have two main anchors and one spare anchor. They are stored on the bow in the hawsepipe. A ship’s hawsepipe is the pipe passing through the bow section of a ship that the anchor chain passes through.
The port anchor has eleven shots of chain.
The starboard anchor only has ten shots of chain.
Key: one shot = 15 fathoms one fathom = 6 feet
What is the length (in feet) of one shot?
What is the length (in feet) of the port anchor chain?
What is the length (in feet) of the starboard anchor chain?
How many inches longer is the port anchor chain than the starboard anchor chain?
The anchor chains are painted so that we know how much chain is the water. Once we arrive in Puerto Rico we will be performing anchoring drills. This will allow me to get a closer look at how the Kennedy deploys the anchors.
I joined six seniors, six sophomores, and four freshmen up on the bridge for a 4-hour watch today. 1/C cadets have the most responsibility on the bridge during watch with one being in charge. The senior in charge is called the COW or the Cadet Officer of the Watch. All questions are directed to the COW but there is a licensed mate on the bridge as well just for emergencies.
The senior positions are:
Cadet Navigator of the Watch or CNW
Cadet Radar Observer of the Watch or CROW
Cadet Trainer of the Watch or CTW
Cadet Helmsman of the Watch or CWOW
Cadet Weather Observer of the Watch or CBMW
In the above photo, Mate Michael J. Kelley shared his knowledge and experience with the cadets on watch. Mate Kelley is a graduate of Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Here, Mate Patrick J. Modic was teaching the 3/C cadets on Bridge Watch. Mate Modic is a graduate of the United States merchant Marine Academy.
For each 1/C on the bridge, there is a 3/C to match. The 3/C cadets are supposed to shadow the 1/C cadets and learn from them so each position listed above has a 1/C and a 3/C assigned to it. The 4/C cadets are mainly responsible for steering the ship at the helm, bow and stern watch, and lookout on the bridge. It is usually easy to tell when a new person takes the helm because the ship will roll a few times while the person steering becomes adjusted to the feel of the ship. I got a chance to steer at the helm and the feeling of steering a 540 foot ship is definitely a powerful one. While I was observing the watch on Thursday, 1/C Alan Provost (Monson, MA) was the COW, 1/C Amber Vernon (Dutch Harbor, AK) was the CNW, 1/C Sam Schulte (Brockton, MA) was the CROW, 1/C Sierra Taylor (Memphis, TN) was the CHW, and 1/C James Egan (Northborough, MA) was the CWOW. The 3/C cadets on the bridge were Riordan Cicciu (Boynton Beach, FL), Garrett Godfrey (Bridgewater, MA), Ross Killion (Attleboro, MA), Samuel Lyons (Pocasset, MA), and Shawn Callahan (Plymouth, MA). The four 4/C cadets were Nathan Boudart (Elkton, MD), Ryan Carney (Holden, MA), James Cochran (TAMMA) and Gina Connor (New Bedford). Being on the bridge is a little intimidating so 1/C James Scanlon (Braintree, MA) and 1/C Ryan Fuller (Forestdale, MA) pulled me aside and explained what was going on.
(Some of the Bridge Watch photographs shown were taken on Wednesday.)
This photo shows one of the perks of Bridge Watch. Three 4/C cadets and one 3/C cadets got a look at the 1,112 foot Disney Fantasy cruise ship on the horizon. The ship, carrying approximately 3,500 passengers and 1,458 crew was on her way from Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas to Castaway Cay, a private island in the Bahamas.
"You're not in Kansas anymore, Monique!" 4/C Monique Morales (Overland Park,Kansas) soaked up the sunshine as she gazes at the passing Disney Fantasy. It was on a cruise with her family that Monique decided to pursue a degree in Marine Transportation.
I thought that when we were out at sea, there would be sea creatures everywhere. This is probably true, but we are traveling at too fast of a speed to see the marine life. Last night there were a few dolphins off of the bow but I was unfortunately unable to see them. I’m sure when we arrive in Puerto Rico for anchoring drills that we will be able to see more. We do get to see beautiful sunsets, starry night skies, and breathtaking sunrises. I talked with 1/C Jennifer Foley (Millis, MA) and she mentioned that one of her favorite parts of Sea Term are the views that you that you have each day.
This is the perfect way to end a day of hard work! Here, a group of 1/C cadets, mostly Marine Engineering majors, get ready to watch the sun go down. Their memories of ice floating in the Cape Cod Canal have faded away.
Who needs the Disney Fantasy? Not these cadets! They're happy here on the TS Kennedy!
Shout Outs To Our Followers:
Big Buc & Little Buc send their thanks and a big "Ahoy!" to the four schools that sent photographs of their classroom activities today - Scoala Gimnaziala Ion Creanga (Romania), St. Mary's School (Winchester, MA), Minot Forest School (Wareham, MA), and Maple Avenue Elementary School (Goffstown, NH). 4/C Monique Morales sends a huge hello to the students at Overland Park Elementary School . She is thrilled that the school that she attended is following her first Sea Term. 3/C Riordan Cirrusis from Boynton Beach, FL sends a high-five to the three Florida schools following his second Sea Term - Sebastian Elementary School, Sebastian High School (Sebastian, FL), and Ocean Studies Charter School (Tavernier, FL). 3/C Samuel Lyons lives in Pocasset, a village of Bourne, MA is happy to have two schools from his hometown participating in Follow The Voyage -Share The Experience – Bournedale Elementary School and Peebles Elementary School. He was especially excited to hear that the two schools have 100% participation. 3/C Gina Connor from New Bedford, MA sends some Caribbean sunshine back to all of the schools following from her hometown; Normandin Middle School, Carlos Pacheco Elementary School, William H. Taylor School, and Carney Academy Elementary School. 1/C James Scanlon from Braintree, MA hopes that some of the 6th graders from Braintree Middle School will follow in his footsteps and attend Massachusetts Maritime Academy. 1/C Ryan Fuller from Forestdale, a village of Sandwich, MA would like to thank the 5th graders from Oakridge Elementary School in his hometown for following his final Sea Term. 3/C Shawn Callahan is sure that the 5th graders following from his hometown of Plymouth, Massachusetts are working as hard as the cadets aboard the TS Kennedy. He hopes to see photos and work samples posted on the website from Indian Brook Elementary School and Nathaniel Morton Elementary School.