PHOTO OF THE DAY - Bon Voyage, Little Lagoda! The launch team consisted of 1/C Paige Mentuck CCM, 1/C Ian Sherwood (Bear Creek Township, PA), 3/C Devin Campbell (Pennsville, NJ), and 4/C Madison Coughlin.
Bon Voyage, Little Lagoda!
Today at 0820 a group of cadets, under the directing of First Mate Melissa Turner, launched the Little Lagoda. The TS Kennedy was transporting Little Lagoda for New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, MA. The petite vessel is named it Little Lagoda in honor of the NBWM’s half-scale model of an actual 19th century whaling vessel, the Lagoda. Lagoda is a favorite of the many school children who flock to the museum on field trips.
Getting Little Lagoda over the side of the TS Kennedy was a team effort.
The Whaling Museum partnered with Educational Passages, an organization that constructs miniature boats and tracks their voyages after being launched from locations around the world. The program was designed as educational tools to educate students about the sciences of the world’s oceans. Powered only by ocean winds and currents, each boat is capable of sailing thousands of miles.
As you read earlier in the week, Little Lagoda was painted by fifth grade students at the William H. Taylor School in New Bedford. The children in the class also placed items in the watertight compartment
Here is a link to the school website. How is your school similar to the William H. Taylor school?
The name Little Lagoda carries significance with everyone aboard the Kennedy because Bosun Tom Tucker, and 2nd Mate Steve Gardner, restored the half-scale model of the original Lagoda. They were originally hired by the New Bedford Whaling Museum to replace the running lights aboard the Lagoda but once they had noticed safety issues that needed to be fixed, it turned into a partial restoration. I was fortunate to be given a little history lesson and inside look into the restoration by both Steve Gardner and Tom Tucker.
I learned that in 1914, Emily Bourne decided to make a replica as a dedication to her father, Johnathan Bourne Jr. She choose to replicate his most profitable whaling ship, the Lagoda. In order to keep everything as accurate to the original as possible, everything had matched the original ship from equipment on board to the paint color of the smaller whaling boats.
I learned that Kirby’s in New Bedford was responsible for making the original paint for the replica so when the painting had begun for restoration, they went to Kirby’s. The workers there had to dig through their archives to get the exact formula for the right color of paint. When the restoration began, the sails needed to come off the ship to be cleaned and to give access to the rest of the riggings.
Here is a link to the George Kirby Jr. Paint Company https://kirbypaint.com/
Mate Gardner explained that in 1977 there was a gas explosion in New Bedford. This explosion blew out one of the windows in the Whaling Museum and caused debris to fly everywhere. When they were taking down the sails, there were small pieces of brick, rock, and glass falling all over the place. He explained it as almost a time capsule of the New Bedford Gas Explosion.
Want to learn more about the gas explosion in 1977? Click on the link.
Watch a video about the Lagoda.
Another interesting fact that not many people have noticed is the American Flag hanging off of the replica. The flag has 48 stars which means it is correct for the time period of 1914. Mate Gardner had donated this flag to the Museum to complete the piece. I have never been to the museum myself but I can assure everyone that as soon as I get off this ship, I will be making a trip there. Bosun Tucker and 2nd Mate Gardner helped preserve a piece of history and will always remember the work that they did.
Meet 4/C Dakota Yuknavich
4/C Dakota Yuknavich from Harwich, MA is a Marine Engineering Major. He decided to attend MMA because he always loved the water. His dad was a commercial fisherman while he was growing up so his love for the water grew. He is currently on his engine rotation of Sea Term and is loving every minute of it.
“I’ve learned a lot of life skills that I’ll carry with me the rest of my life. Who can say they learned how to break down then put together a lawnmower engine while they’re at sea? Not many people.”
So far his Sea Term experience has been great but his favorite memory was when he was siting on the bow at night. Dakota was watching dolphins swimming that were being lit up by bio-luminescent phytoplankton. Surfing is one of his hobbies so Barbados is the port he is most excited for. When he isn’t taking apart lawnmower engines or learning about plumbing, he is usually walking around the ship trying to familiarize himself with the layout.
The only thing he said that he wished he brought was command hooks.
“I’m definitely bringing that next year. Command hooks and a speaker.”
Being on Sea Term makes Dakota excited for his career in Marine Engineering.
Meet 1/C Jerry McCarthy
Marine Transportation major, 1/C Jerry McCarthy, is from Medway, MA. Massachusetts Maritime was the perfect fit for Jerry because unlike most students, he wanted a regimented school. He liked the idea of having his day scheduled out and the discipline aspect that comes with it. He feels that it is one of the things that make our Marine Transportation major, one of the best.
Jerry likes to spend time with his friends in the mess deck at night while playing games or just hanging out. As a senior on his sophomore cruise, he still has a lot to learn, but he is most excited about watch and his voyage plan. As a sophomore on watch, he has more responsibility than the freshman. This means that he can actually work one-on-one with a classmate and learn how to run the bridge.
The 3/C cadets on board that are Marine Transportation majors are responsible for making a voyage plan. This is a course that they think the Kennedy should take on the way to each port. You won’t find Jerry on the bridge or doing his voyage plan in Jamaica because he signed up for the horseback riding excursion. He was explaining that he is excited for the future that MMA will give him.
1/C Jerry McCarthy (Medway, MA) and 4/C Dakota Yuknavich (Harwish, MA) made the best of working in the Trash Room.
Steering Gear Test
As we are getting closer and closer to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, it is important that we run a steering gear test. The steering gear is how the helmsman steers the ship. The test is a rather simple one that happens in two places, the bridge and the steering gear itself. It tests to make sure everything is running properly, we have full range of motion, and we are not leaking any oil. This is done every time we enter and leave a port.
Today On The TS Kennedy
3/C Annie Hughes (Plymouth, MA), 3/C Mariah Jeffries (Charlestown, RI), and 4/C Abigail Hammond (Fitchburg, MA) took a break and enjoyed the Caribbean sunshine.
After a long day of work, 3/C Jacob Clapp (Metairie, LA), 2/C Max Grant (Andover MA), 3/C Kenny Kern (Hopkinton, MA) and 3/C Steve Martin (Montroe Township, NJ) soaked up the sun on the deck.
Land ho! 1/C Sam Theriault (Willmington, NC) and 3/C Tim Chambers (Rockport, MA) were happy to get their first glimpse of land (and a seagull) since they left Buzzards Bay.
3/C Charlie Malone (Media, PA), 3/C John Williams (Medway, MA), and 3/C Tyler Landry (Ayer, MA) sent a serious photo home to their families.
And now, here are a few school shout outs from the cadets...
3/C Mariah Jeffries (Charlestown, RI) sends a high-five to all of the schools following from Rhode Island...3/C Jacob Clapp (Metairie, LA) is thrilled to hear that there is a school following from his home state. He sends a big hello to John F. Kennedy School Elementary School in Lake Charles, LA, 3/C Steve Martin (Montroe Township, NJ) and 3/C Devin Campbell (Pennsville, NJ) send some Caribbean sunshine to the students following from their home state. They are thrilled that students from St. Mary's Prep in Denville, NJ are with them for Sea Term 2018, 1/C Ian Sherwood (Bear Creek Township, PA) and 3/C Charlie Malone (Media, PA) send a huge hello to thee four schools following from Pennsylvania...4/C Dakota Yuknavich that so many schools from Cape Cod are following his first Sea Term. He sends Caribbean sunshine to the students following from Harwich, Hyannis, Truro, Welfleet, Orleans, South Dennis, Chatham, Falmouth, Martha's Vineyard, Bourne, and Sandwich, 3/C Annie Hughes (Plymouth, MA) sends her thanks to the two schools following from Plymouth, MA and also the followers from Pembroke, MA, Little Buc sends a big hello to the students in our "Kennedy Club" following from Ohio, New Mexico, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, and Oklahoma...Little Lagoda sends thanks for her beautiful painting job to her favorite 5th grade class in New Bedford, MA.