PHOTO OF THE DAY
3/C Meg Sullivan (Hanover, MA) and 3/C Lexi Bucko (Pawcatuck, CT) posed on deck after the pre-port briefing.
The engineers took a break from the dark shadows of the engine room today and worked outside. 1/C Vaughn Byrd (Bristol, RI) , 1/C Noah Curtin (Amesbury, MA), and 1/C Mike Hayes (Kingston, MA) were busy fixing a protective grate on the boat deck. The grate is important because it keeps things from falling in the vent. The bolts on the sides that were keeping the grate up had rusted off, so nothing was holding the grate in place which posed a safety issue. After a couple minutes of problem solving, the 3 seniors developed a plan to solve the problem. They would use a drill press to drill new holes in the same grate and then use self-tapping screws to reattach the grate to the existing brackets. This took about 2 hours and then the 3 1/C cadets rewarded themselves will a nice break including ice cream.
All 1/C Marine Transportation cadets have a total of 37 assessments to be completed for celestial navigation before the end of sea term. 1/C Matthew Vacherau (North Adams, MA) was the first cadet to finish all of his assessments. Most 1/C cadets are done with maybe half of their assessments so this is a very big accomplishment.
He said that the hardest assessments to complete were the 3-star fixes. “You’re literally trying to bring a star that is millions of light-years away, to the horizon. At the same time, you’re trying to pinpoint your ship’s exact location. Plus, you have to wake up early. I think I got up at 0500 almost every day now, so I’m excited to sleep in for once.”
Elementary Followers: Cadet Vaughn developed his love of stars when he was your age. Now he can navigate a ship using only the stars. Check out this video and get things started for you.
High School Followers: Discover the mathematics behind celestial navigation in this ten-minute video.
We left Colombia just this past Sunday and believe it or not, we’re approaching Barbados right now. The plan is that we will bring the Pilot onboard around 0800 and then start the mooring process. Tonight we had our second pre-port briefing by Captain Campbell, Captain Rozak and Dr.Cukor.
Captain Campbell remarked on the time we spent in Colombia and said he was happy with how the cruise was going. He also brought attention to the possible risk of the gangway in Barbados. I learned that the dock we will be at has a high surge from other boats and ships that pass by. This causes the gangway to roll and sometimes crush some toes when careless cadets stand in front of it.
1/C Colin McGrath (Middleboro, MA) , 1/C Mark Goulette (Wakefield, MA), and 1/C Tony Garuflo (Scituate, MA) finalized their plans for their weekend in Barbados.
1/C Bryan Wall (Manasquam, NJ) and Malina Dang (Midlothian, VA) relaxed on deck and discussed their plans for Barbados. It sounds like they're off to the beach!
Captain Rozak was next to talk. He mentioned that this was a very touristy island but everyone breathed a sigh of relief when he said it was an English speaking country. Cadets struggled with the language barrier in Colombia so this was good news to them, but not as good of new as the liberty times. Barbados is a relatively safe port so the liberty times have been extended. Now, 4/C cadets are expected to be at the ship by 0000, 3/C by 0100, 2/C by 0200, 1/C by 0300, and lastly 1/C Rates by 0700.
The next to speak was Dr.Cukor. We were warned about sea urchins and Portuguese Man of War, and explained what to do if we encountered them. Again cadets were reminded to use sunscreen and drink plenty of water. By now most sunburns have faded into tans, so hopefully they stay that way.
Stepping on a sea urchin sounds painful, doesn't it?
We found the following information in an article called, 19 Thing Not To Do In Barbados:
Barbados is not as plagued with sea urchins as some of its neighboring islands, but you do occasionally spot them around reefy areas and rocks close to shore. Step on one of those spiky spines and you’ll know it. These needles are not venomous and will eventually dissolve, but they can cause an infection. If they are clearly protruding from your skin, you can try to remove it. Otherwise, leave it alone. You might want to wear aqua-shoes if you’re wading in areas that may have lurking sea urchins – or worse, stone fish. Better yet, don’t step along reefs at all as they are quite a delicate ecosystem.
Sounds like something you should stay away from, right? We'll you'll be surprised to know that some people eat part of them. Seriously! It's true!
Read more about this sea urchin called Sea Eggs. Click on the link below.
Super Bowl Sunday
The most anticipated day of the year for New England Patriots fans is almost here. Super Bowl Sunday has fortunately fallen on our last day in Barbados. There have been friendly bets placed all week between cadets about which team would win and who would have the closest score prediction. Because the Super Bowl is on Sunday, cadets have shortened liberty. To cater to the cadets, COMCAD has arranged for the mess deck and Helo deck to show the full game as well as some food provided by Chartwells. Out of the twenty cadets I’ve talked to, there has only been one that thinks the Eagles will win.
I know my family at home is routing for the Patriots minus one cousin, but like most of the cadets, I will be routing for the Patriots. Let’s hope for 6 rings! GO PATS!
TODAY ON THE TS KENNEDY
The medical professionals in the Sick Bay gave a crash course in how to suture.
Middle School & High School Followers: Are you ready to learn to suture? This video uses a banana so there is not any blood.
Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets have really enjoyed getting to know, 4/C Samantha Fussel and 4/C Shakeva Bootle, two visiting cadets from TAMMA.
It was a great day on the TS Kennedy for 3/C Zachary Tuskowski (Monroe, CT) and 3/C Robert Conforti (Wakefield, RI).
1/C cadets met on their own to study for celestial navigation.
After dinner, cadets gathered to watch a movie.
1/C cadets waited to have their performance assessments graded.
Cadets checked the schedule for weekend watches. Even though the ship will be in port, many cadets will have watch.
There was a lot going on the computer lab. Some cadets were emailing family and friends. Others were researching things to do in Barbados.
The students in my Science 8 Class were wondering how long it takes to refuel the TS Kennedy.
Have fun kids... love to see Monica Chilcot’s smiling face. She likes to hide from the camera 😉